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« 2019-May-10, 05:18 PM Reply #450 »


In 2007, Victorian trainer Paul Preusker (four years) and jockey Holly McKechnie (three years) were banned for using an electrical device on a horse during trackwork.



At least one of Currie's horses has been transferred to Paul Preusker.

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« 2019-May-11, 12:20 AM Reply #451 »



............... a bureaucrat with a bucket of other peoples money to spend is a fearsome prospect ......... where are the pro bono freedom fighters?

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« 2019-May-11, 07:21 PM Reply #452 »
BEN CURRIE FILES FOR REVIEW ON RACING BAN
Saturday 11 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie, facing more than 40 charges, wants an internal review into his four-year ban.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has lodged an application for an internal review of a stewards' decision to disqualify him for four years on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

On Friday, stewards disqualified Currie two years on each charge under Australian Rules of racing AR 175 (a) but made them cumulative.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said an internal review application had been lodged with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission late on Friday.

QRIC has 20 working days to hear the application which is expected to be scheduled for late this month.

Murdoch said in the meantime an application for a stay would be lodged with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday.

"At this stage we do not have a date for the stay application but we are hoping to get on this Friday," Murdoch said.

He said it was intended to proceed with a judicial review application into separate issue of Racing Queensland refusing Currie's nominations in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Currie had been facing 42 allegations some dating back more than a year and the two charges are the first to be resolved.

Stewards charged Currie last month with two counts which originally involved allegations of using a jigger or instructing someone else to use a jigger in 2015 and 2016.

However, after hearing submissions stewards discontinued those charges and continued alternate charges which effectively cover bringing racing into disrepute.

The alternate charges were based on text messages Currie sent to staff or friends.

Currie was found guilty of the two charges and his lawyers made written submissions on penalty.

After considering the submissions the stewards announced in a short statement Currie had been disqualified for four years.

He has been given until Friday to move his horses to other stables with at least 26 already gone to other trainers.

QRIC did not say on what precedents they based the four years which is the same penalty imposed on Victorian trainer Darren Weir who was found in possession of two jiggers.

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« 2019-May-11, 10:01 PM Reply #453 »
You heard it here first.

Royal Warfare wins race six at Toowoomba number 4

Carries number 5 saddlecloth.

Unimageable is no 5 carries no 4 saddlecloth.

When will this stop !!

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« 2019-May-12, 03:46 PM Reply #454 »
DJF- meet their staff and it will be fully understandable. I remember explaining to one long term employee that a visiting NSW apprentice was " a 3kg boy ". Her reply was "I didn't know they were that small ". True story , and she still works there.

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« 2019-May-12, 07:50 PM Reply #455 »
It'll be interesting to see if Ben Currie's internal review against the 4 years disqualification imposed on him under AR 175A is heard by someone other than Kane Ashby who normally performs this function ... Mr Ashby has previously dealt with an earlier IR application involving the text messages in which he found in favour of the stewards..so there's the possibility of a case of apprehended bias being raised should such an objection be raised  Mr Ashby might be asked to recuse hisself ..this is no reflection on Mr Ashby's integrity simply an opinion that cases like this are raised from time to time in the interests of justice.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BENJAMIN-CURRIE-1.pdf

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« 2019-May-13, 07:37 PM Reply #456 »
Catching up on recent QCAT decisions the one concerning Ben Currie is dated 29th May 2018  it was amended on April 18 a fine of $5K imposed.
 Eric Hayes had a win in the second case abut Bonnie Thomson failed her suspension confirmed.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-107.pdf

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-094.pdf

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-086.pdf


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« 2019-May-17, 10:38 AM Reply #457 »
From AAP report yesty by Mark Oberhardt.....

"Currie is listed to appear in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday seeking a stay of a four-year disqualification.

Stewards imposed the disqualification after finding Currie guilty on two charges involving text messages which allegedly involved use of jiggers.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor said his client was now considering his position in regards both applications."

Today's QCAT daily proceedings list has the Ben Currie case listed for hearing at 10am the case is to be heard in the District Court the notice repeats the cort location but is in the following terms

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission   Assisted By Mr Robert Olding Court 17 Floor 6   10:00 AM
(Hearing)         

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR141-19 Tribunal Hearing 17/05/2019 10:00 AM QEII Law Courts Complex, Court 17

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« 2019-May-17, 10:41 AM Reply #458 »
Mark Currie pleads guilty to race day administration charges
Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie has pleaded guilty to two race day administration charges.

By agreement between the parties Mr Currie pleaded guilty to that without the permission of the stewards he caused the administration of a medication to horses on 24 March and 7 April, 2018 on the same day they raced at Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Mr Currie has been suspended for 12 months on each charge, wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $7500.

A restriction has been placed on his licence for a period of three months; until 16 August the maximum number of horses he can train is 40. 

Mr Currie is also unable to train those horses that were formerly trained by Currie Racing except for an agreed list of horses that are owned or part owned by Donna and Mark Currie. 

At the expiry of the three month period, the transfer of any horses will be at the discretion of the Stewards.

Today’s settlement is the result of the QCAT appeal of Mr Currie’s two year disqualification in May last year of 16 race day treatment related charges.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the decision to bring these proceedings to finality resulted in part from legal advice about the inability of the Commission to make key witnesses available due to ongoing health issues.

“In these circumstances I considered that an indeterminate further lengthy delay in these proceedings was not in the interests of racing and a negotiated settlement was appropriate.

“Today’s decision brings to four the number of Currie Racing employees who have been convicted over breaches of the rules of racing at the Currie Racing stable.”

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Posted previously under the QCAT thread

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« 2019-May-17, 06:25 PM Reply #459 »
PLAN TO EXPEDITE BEN CURRIE HEARINGS
Friday 17 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
Qld stewards will try to expedite the hearing of charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.

Queensland stewards hope to finalise inquiries into the remaining charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie in the near future with plans to expedite hearings.

Currie failed in a Supreme Court bid on Thursday to have a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations suspended.

Justice Jean Dalton made a preliminary finding that she could not cut across the rules of Australian Racing by granting an interlocutory injunction in the terms Currie sought.

Currie was listed to seek a stay on Friday of a separate four-year disqualification pending an internal review of his convictions on two charges involving text messages which allegedly indicated the use of jiggers.

The stay application in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal did not go ahead in light of the Supreme Court decision.

Currie's lawyers in effect decided that even if successful in the stay application, Currie would not be able to run horses while the RQ decision was in place.

He will carry on with his internal review application which should be heard by early next month.

Currie still has 38 allegations against him ranging from race day treatment to positive swabs and none of those have been resolved.

There is a complication with 28 of those charges which arise from a raid on his stables in April last year.

Of those charges, 14 have been heard without resolution and the other 14 are in abeyance because of the illness of a steward.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett said the commission was working to expedite the remaining hearings as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Barnett confirmed an inquiry into an incident at Rockhampton on March 28 when a horse scheduled to run in race seven, ran in race six instead, had concluded.

"As a result of the inquiry QRIC chief steward Peter Chadwick has acknowledged that an unacceptable procedural error occurred that contributed to the running of the wrong horse in a race at Rockhampton," Barnett said.

He said Chadwick had given a direction to all stewards outlining the procedures to be followed in relation to the identification of race horses on race day.

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« 2019-May-20, 10:27 AM Reply #460 »
Fines will help prevent jockeys flouting rules
 Nathan Exelby CM today
 

WITH the appeal loophole for jockeys well documented, it remains surprising that QRIC stewards are not using the option to fine hoops for careless riding in a bid to provide at least some deterrent.

Five jockeys were suspended on Saturday, with all but one – Kerrin McEvoy – pleading not guilty.

The other four will all use the appeal process to ensure they don’t miss any key rides over the carnival.

They will then most likely pull their appeals at a time that suits and serve the suspension on their own terms. No deterrent whatsoever.

In the case of John Allen, stewards found him guilty of what chairman Peter Chadwick described as being at “the high end of carelessness”.

In other jurisdictions, particularly in big races, such penalties also come with a fine. Allen’s percentage for the Kenedna ride was $21,000.

Five suspensions on a day is a hefty number. It’s not a stretch to draw a conclusion that the carelessness was contributed to in some way because there is zero deterrent in Queensland.

If fines were being issued, then there would still be a penalty paid if the appeal was pulled part way through the process.

As an aside, Allen would likely have taken the suspension on the chin had stewards given him a sentence that would have allowed him back for the Oaks.

But given they opted to take it a day beyond the Oaks, he will simply use the system to ensure he doesn’t miss the Etana ride.

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« 2019-May-20, 03:48 PM Reply #461 »


...................... that's just another reminder from a sad Saturday that Queensland is Queensland

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« 2019-May-20, 05:28 PM Reply #462 »
Ben Currie guilty of 12 race day treatment charges
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have today found Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie guilty of 12 race day treatment charges under the Australian Rules of Racing.
The Thoroughbred Trainer appeared at a reconvened Inquiry in Brisbane on 11 and 12 March 2019 where he faced 14 alleged breaches of the rules of racing, two charges made in the alternative were not continued. 
Mr Currie has been found guilty of five breaches of AR 178E (race day treatment without permission) Mr Currie as the trainer is guilty of causing the administration of a medication to five horses on 24 March 2018, the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton.
He has also been found guilty of a further seven charges under AR.178E (race day treatment without permission) for causing the administration of a medication to seven horses on 7 April 2018, the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba.
Stewards have asked for submissions in regard to penalty.
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« 2019-May-21, 12:08 AM Reply #463 »


Did Ben Currie agree with this finding .......... was the evidence beyond doubt............... any witnesses...

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« 2019-May-21, 09:53 AM Reply #464 »

Did Ben Currie agree with this finding .......... was the evidence beyond doubt............... any witnesses...
Evidence like video footage of them treating the horses on race day or his dad pleading guilty to race day treatment?

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« 2019-May-21, 04:13 PM Reply #465 »
QCAT case set down for today.......not familar with the name of the applicant.......or the issue.

Alisha Levenia June Winfield v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR273-18 Tribunal Hearing 21/05/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-May-21, 05:40 PM Reply #466 »


Why are leading trainers throwing their careers away?


The last couple of years have seen some prominent, successful trainers walking away after effectively pleading' no contest' to charges of 'cheating' in various ways.

Others charged have been saved by the bell and allowed to train on.

Moody, Smerdon, Weir, in Victoria are standouts -- and now in Queensland Currie has been pursued relentlessly.

There must be more to the story -- and stories  -- some explanation of why.

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« 2019-May-22, 09:26 AM Reply #467 »
Stay of proceedings list as at 15 March 2019
In response to an RTI application QRIC has released the names of licensees granted a stay of proceedings as at 15 March 2019.

Since the release of the list and publication hereunder some of those named have had their appeals heard by QCAT while others may be in the process of being finalised.

There is a considerable time gap between filing an application for a stay at QCAT to when the matter is set down for hearing and when the decision is made.

It is more than likely that since the list was provided other licensees have joined the queue.

The list includes the date/s the matter came before QCAT

The OCR  is the QCAT file number and year..OCR 174-16

Darrel Graham 30 Sept 2016 OCR 174-16

Marcus Wilson 16 Nov 2017 6 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 OCR 168-17

Frank Bennett 30 Nov 2017 OCR 248-17

Trista Dixon 12 Feb 2018 OCR 023-18

Dean Braun 5 Mar 2018 OCR 041-18

 Jason Edwards 11 Apr 2018  OCR 089-18

Bonnie Thomson 21 May 2018 OCR128-18

Leigh Wanless 25 May 2018 OCR 133-18

Clinton Garland 8 Jun 2018 OCR 134-18

Mark Currie 26 Jun 2018 OCR 162-18

John Pointon 16 Jul 2018 OCR 194-18

Corey Bayliss 21 Aug 2018 OCR 222-18

 Darryl Gardiner 31 Aug 2018 OCR 239-18

Gareth Horner 19 Sep 2018 OCR248-18

 Ronald Finch 19 Sep 2018 OCR 249-18

George Sitek 10 Dec 2018 OCR 323-18

Jeff Lloyd 31 Jan 2019 OCR 028-19

Dale Evans 7 Feb 2019 OCR 030-19

Trista Dixon 21 Feb 2019 OCR 045-19

Benjamin Currie 21 Mar 2019 OCR074-19

William Elson 27 Mar 2019 OCR020-19

James Morris 25 Jan 2019 OCR 022-19

William Xanthopoulas 3 Jan 2019 OCR 007-19

Donald Smith 3 Jan 2019 OCR 001-18

Damian Browne 23 Aug 2018 OCR 221-18

Peter Bradford 7 Sep 2018 OCR 240-18

Matthew Elkins 6 Sep 2018 OCR 241-18

Kelly Doughty 23 Nov 2018  OCR 301-18

It's obvious the current system isn't working.

NSW has a more efficient system only two appeal bodies with no appeal to NCAT.

Victoria has introduced legislation which comes in next month or at the latest from 1 August  which radically changes their current process.

Change is urgently needed in QLD the Racing Minister The Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe needs to deliver it.

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« 2019-May-24, 05:27 PM Reply #468 »
Dayle Brown joins Qld stewards
Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy   2:59pm

Racing Victoria’s former head of integrity Dayle Brown has been appointed to the Queensland thoroughbred stewards’ panel in the short term.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s Ross Barnett confirmed on Friday Brown will assist in the stewarding function and as a racing advisor to work with Queensland stewards during the all-important winter racing carnival period.

‘’In addition, Dayle will provide support to chief stipendiary steward Peter Chadwick throughout the carnival.

“Dayle has extensive experience in the racing industry and in professional sport, including as a senior stipendiary steward.’’

Brown lead the stewards’ integrity unit at Racing Victoria for nearly 10 years before his departure in late 2017.

“Dayle will bring to Queensland his extensive thoroughbred racing experience as the lead advocate for Racing Victoria, before the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, Racing Appeals Tribunal and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal,’’ Barnett said.

‘’In addition to being a former executive general manager of integrity services at Racing Victoria his significant racing experience spans more than 20 years, including thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing.

“Dayle is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA.

“His significant resume also includes a role as the deputy chief executive officer Greyhound Racing New South Wales where he had overall responsibility for integrity, infrastructure (tracks), wagering, race programming and grading.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Dayle who will bolster the ranks of our current panel which has been reduced recently due to illness and the impending departure of senior steward Ian Brown.”

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Welcome to the jungle .......pity it's only a temporary posting  his experience and qualifications should be of significant benefit and permanent.

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