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« 2019-Jun-05, 08:30 AM Reply #475 »
Toowoomba Turf Club directors last night voted to refuse Mark Currie permission to train at Clifford Park. Currie's stables are at Hursley Road and he might have options at Barham Stud (where Lindsay Hatch trains on the private track there) or at Oakey. Whatever, it would mean transporting horses extra distance to those venues. Interesting outcome.

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« 2019-Jun-05, 05:30 PM Reply #476 »
Toowoomba Turf Club directors last night voted to refuse Mark Currie permission to train at Clifford Park. Currie's stables are at Hursley Road and he might have options at Barham Stud (where Lindsay Hatch trains on the private track there) or at Oakey. Whatever, it would mean transporting horses extra distance to those venues. Interesting outcome.

That's a setback I expect the TTC is within its rights as the owner of Clifford Park to refuse his application although it appears unduly harsh in the light of QRIC's decision that he is permitted to train admittedly on a restricted basis....  without the benefit of knowing on what grounds the decision was made ......if this was a golf club and the Board suspended or cancelled  membership of a member for serious misconduct or behaviour under the club's constitution he/she would have right of appeal to a Generral Meeting of all members.......maybe the TTC constitution has similar provisions if Mr Currie is a member of the club ......possibly more to come.

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« 2019-Jun-05, 05:59 PM Reply #477 »
Ben Currie, integrity and more - one on one with QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett
Ben Dorries
9:36AM 05 June 2019
Integrity issues in Queensland racing, including the ongoing Ben Currie matter, have been front and centre in recent months. During the biggest week of Queensland racing, with the Stradbroke Handicap highlighting three Group Is at Eagle Farm on Saturday, Ben Dorries goes head-to-head with Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett.

BD: Everywhere I have been in Australia in the last year or so, when racing in Queensland is mentioned, the first thing that people want to talk about is the Ben Currie situation and other integrity issues. Do you accept it has been a bad look for Queensland that the Currie matter and other integrity concerns have lingered on so long and indeed the Currie matter is yet to be fully resolved?

RB: It is unfortunate that it has taken so long to resolve all of the charges that have arisen from this investigation. It started on Weetwood Day (April 7) last year when our Integrity Investigation Team observed race day treatment of a number of horses at the Currie stables and has involved the seizure and examination of CCTV footage and a massive number of computer and telephone records. To put it in some context it is about three times larger than the Aquanita investigation and as you know that matter is still going in the appeals system. Some charges laid against Ben Currie are concluded and the rest are in the process of being heard on a rolling basis. As most people would know the proceedings were commenced quickly but then stalled for many months when Mr Currie, as is his right, applied for a Supreme Court injunction challenging the stewards discretion to deny him legal representation in the inquiry room. It is important to remember that charges against four other Currie Racing employees for race day treatment (including his father Mark Currie) were handled fairly quickly.

BD: How can the Queensland industry have confidence in integrity procedures and stewards and QRIC when matters seemingly take so long to be dealt with?

RB: People convicted here have the right to an internal review and then an external appeal to QCAT and when that happens they will usually get a stay of proceedings to allow them to continue until the appeal is heard. That is the system that is set out in the Racing Integrity Act. I know this differs from the industry tribunal model in other states but it is consistent with the way dispute resolution occurs in most Queensland government departments and bodies. The stewards make about 1600 decisions a year. Of those about 10% go to internal review and a fraction of those end up in QCAT.  Last year about 1% of those 1600 decisions were overturned at QCAT so I think that demonstrates that the stewards are professional and fair and get it right most of the time.

BD: Have you and QRIC found yourself hamstrung by the framework and the system that you are working with. It seems slow and clunky?


RB: Everyone involved would like the system to work faster than it does but we are one of about 100 bodies that use QCAT to hear appeals, so racing matters are in the same queue as everyone else and we get heard in order.

BD: What have you made of Ben Currie's ongoing commentary on the matters he is facing on social media?

RB: It has zero influence on me and others in the industry will who make their own assessment about Mr Currie’s comments.

BD: The jockey appeal system in Queensland seems flawed with a loophole? Jockeys are pleading not guilty, then appealing, then pulling their appeal at a time that suits them to ensure they don't miss key rides. This seems a little deterrent for breaking the rules particularly in big races?

RB: As I indicated previously the system we work with is set out in legislation so it can only be changed by Parliament. The Racing Minister is aware of the complaints about the system and he continues to consult with the industry about how it could be improved.

BD: There's been plenty of stuff-ups from stewards in recent times including the wrong horse running in the wrong race at Rockhampton, a horse carrying the wrong saddlecloth to victory at Toowoomba and others as well. What's doing?

RB: It is very disappointing when our staff make mistakes that affect a result or betting outcomes but on balance across 1520 race meetings in the three codes annually those events are pretty rare. We correctly identify over 28,000 thoroughbreds every year at races but the one we miss gives us a black eye and I understand why it is frustrating. Even the best and most experienced staff can make a rare mistake but we give our staff the best training, procedures and equipment we can to help them do their jobs properly.


QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett.

BD: One of the criticisms I hear from the industry is that there is a perceived disconnect between the coppers at QRIC and the stewards working with/underneath them?

RB: A common misconception is that we have police on staff at the Commission. There is a Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad made up of detectives, an intelligence officer and a financial investigator and they work in our office but are only seconded to us. They don’t belong to the Commission, they don’t answer to me and sometimes they can’t even share information with me. Decisions about what investigations they do and who they charge are matters for the QPS to decide alone. Those restrictions mean that there must be a level of physical and legal separation from our staff but they have a close working relationship with the Integrity Investigations Team as many of their investigations overlap. The police investigate criminal offences and the Stewards enforce the rules of racing so they have vastly different functions.

BD: QRIC was largely set up as a response to the live baiting scandal in the greyhounds in Queensland - are you confident live baiting has been wiped out and also confident the greyhound industry in Queensland is as clean as it can be?

RB: There has not been a single verified instance of live baiting detected in the three years we have been in existence. We sporadically get information about live baiting activity and we treat those matters as the highest priority but despite that our investigations have not been able to substantiate that it is still occurring. If it is, it has been driven deeply underground but we will always be vigilant.

BD: What are some of the things you have been proudest of achieving in your time at QRIC, the big wins you have had?

RB: Creating a brand new fully functioning organisation in four months from scratch is a challenge that you cannot comprehend unless you have done it. The first big achievement was executing a seamless transition from RQ to ourselves on 1 July 2016 so that racing continued without interruption commercially. The investigation of Currie Racing has been a massive undertaking which has placed a lot of stress on the Commission in terms of resources and long hours worked by our staff and their commitment has been outstanding. There were industry rumours about that stable since before we started in July 2016 but not much appeared to have been done to investigate whether the allegations had any substance. We were able to find the evidence and take action and I believe most in the industry support the action we have taken even if it has taken longer than we all would have liked. The investigation by the Racing Crime Squad into race fixing in the harness industry also addressed a big issue that was the subject of a long-standing rumour and was impacting on the reputation of the sport. We have had one prominent driver plead guilty to race-fixing, several others have had their matters dismissed and there are several more trials yet to be conducted.

BD: How do you increase the confidence of the industry in the work QRIC is doing, given that seems to have been an issue at times?

RB: I think it takes time for any new organisation to establish itself. This is particularly the case when the new operating model, a split of the commercial arm away from integrity, is fairly unique and when most in the equine codes didn’t see the need for the separation. There will always be critics who just don’t like change and one thing I have found in racing is that participants and punters are very quick to criticise even the slightest mistake. No organisation is perfect and we don’t claim to be but I would ask people to look at our results across the three codes and consider whether they would have been achieved under the previous arrangements. From what I have read there seems to have been plenty of critics of the performance of the previous regime in the ‘good old days’. Another concern when we started from the critics was that I knew nothing about racing. I have always said that the fact I came into this role as a complete outsider with no friends or enemies in racing was a very good thing and has helped me to do my job straight down the line. In my three years I have acquired enough working knowledge of the industry to do my job properly but from the very start I have been surrounded by all of the subject matter experts who came across from RQ and I have always sought and taken their advice on racing matters.

BD: You were a copper for decades - compare the challenges and headaches you face at QRIC to those you encountered in the police force?

RB: I would have to say the greatest difference is the level of community support for the work of the police compared to the lack of overt industry support for the Commission. I understand there is a silent majority who support what we are trying to achieve but the culture of criticism and complaint within racing is not something I encountered in my police career.

BD: Is there one particular case that remains with you from your police days that you worked on - something that troubles you, something you hold close to your heart?

RB: Before I joined the police I worked in a bank and was the victim of a violent armed robbery which was a traumatising experience for an 18-year-old. Eventually I got the chance to work in the Armed Hold Up Squad and really found that rewarding knowing the impact it had on victims. While I was in the squad in the early 1990’s I arrested a couple of guys Bill Orchard and Garry Sullivan who had done a string of very violent bank and armoured car robberies over a six-year period which netted them over $3 million in cash. They both had big gambling addictions and loss nearly all of the money they stole gambling at the races. Sometimes they would bet up to $40,000 on a single race so the bookies in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, in particular, loved them but sometimes they also flew to Sydney just to go to the races. They were so bad on the punt they would have to keep committing crimes to get more cash to bet. The funny thing was when I took this job on I went to the AGM of the Bookmakers Association and when they found out I had been in the police one of them said to me ‘please tell me you weren’t the one who arrested those guys who were robbing the banks. God we miss them’. I didn’t have the heart to tell them, that actually yes I was!

ENDS

Very diplomatic answers .....no point calling out QCAT which is responsible for the delays in having appeals determined within a reasonable time QCAT is under resourced and overworked the Occupational Regulation panel where racing sits has 21 other professions businesses and occupations all vying for attention ......recently in response to my letter about the failure of the current appeals process to The Hon. Hinchcliffe I received a reply that the Minister is aware of the problems and is reviewing the Racing Integrity Act.

I should mention there have been no Internal reviews published on QRIC's website since February for dishlickers March for Harness and 4 April for thoroughbreds .....get with it people.
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« 2019-Jun-06, 09:32 AM Reply #478 »
Stewards reports update from QRIC quite a few positive swabs detected in horses and greyhounds     Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone...Cobalt twice...Arsenic twice ..Meloxicam twice ...Androstane.....Piroxicam.

 https://qric.qld.gov.au/stewards-reports/

One trainer disqualified most fined amounts ranging from $1500 to $4000 some of which partly suspended for a specified period......all have the right to apply for Internal Review.

No Internal reviews have been published for some time in any of the three codes.

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« 2019-Jun-07, 07:05 PM Reply #479 »
Further two year disqualification for Ben Currie

QRIC Media Release

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have disqualified Toowoomba thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie for two years after he was found guilty of 12 race day treatment charges under the Australian Rules of Racing.

In five breaches of AR 178E (race day treatment without permission) Mr Currie as the trainer caused the administration of a medication to five horses on 24 March 2018, the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton.

In a further seven charges under AR.178E Mr Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on 7 April 2018, the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba.

Mr Currie will serve his two year disqualification in addition to the penalty reviewed today by the internal reviewer for breaching AR175(a).

Stewards are continuing to consider submissions on penalty after Mr Currie was found guilty of five prohibited substance charges earlier this week.

Internal review decision

The internal review of Mr Currie’s four year disqualification for two breaches of AR175(a) has confirmed last month’s guilty verdict and reduced his penalty to 30 months.

Mr Currie was found to have engaged in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses.
ENDS.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/2019/06/?post_type=report

No details in the link to the stewards report on the Currie decision .....link shows another positive swab result for Levamisole greyhound trainer Leanne Hall fined $1500 half of which suspended for two years dog was DQ'd..

It'll be interesting to read the IR review decision on the text messages case  from what I've seen published on those messages I'll be surprised if the conviction stands assuming he appeals it.

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« 2019-Jun-09, 06:57 PM Reply #480 »
TRAINER BEN CURRIE TO FIGHT ALL CHARGES
Sunday 09 June, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie intends to fight all charges and convictions against him.

Lawyers for trainer Ben Currie say he is committed to fighting his ever-growing list of convictions through the legal process.

Currie has been disqualified for a total of four-and-a-half years after being hit with a further two years on the sidelines on Friday.

Stewards imposed the two-year disqualification after he was found guilty of 12 race day treatment charges.

In five breaches of race day treatment without permission it was found Currie caused the administration of a medication to five horses at Doomben and Gatton on March 24 last year.

In a further seven charges, it was found Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba on April 7 last year.

Also on Friday, Currie was partially successful in an internal review which reduced a four-year disqualification on two other charges involving text messages to 30 months.

The sentences are unrelated to five positive swab convictions from earlier last week with sentence on those charges likely to be given early this week.

Currie's barrister, Jim Murdoch, said the trainer was determined to fight the convictions.

"We obviously don't agree with Friday's decision to disqualify him for a further two years and will be seeking an internal review of that decision and if necessary taking the matter to QCAT," Murdoch said.

"We will also be taking the internal review decision on the text charges to QCAT."

Murdoch said he doubted QCAT would allow all appeals to be heard in one group as they involved different sets of allegations.

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« 2019-Jun-12, 09:08 AM Reply #481 »
NTERNAL REVIEW DECISION
(Internal Review Decision Notice in response to an Application for Internal Review)
PART 1: Details of Internal Review
Internal Review Number: Internal Review 0038-19
Applicant’s Name: Benjamin Currie
Original Decision: Breach of Rule 175(a) of the Australian Rules of Racing
Original Decision Makers: P. Chadwick, P. Zimmerman, N. Boyle
Date of Original Decision: 10 May 2019
Internal Review Decision:
Original decision of charges confirmed – penalty amended to 12 months
disqualification for charge 1, 18 months disqualification for charge 2, to be
served cumulatively.

Internal Review Decision-Maker: Kane Ashby, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Date of Internal Review Decision: 7 June 2019

PART 3: Summary of Internal Review Application
The Applicant, Mr Benjamin Currie is a licensed trainer within the thoroughbred racing industry and was found guilty
of two (2) charges of an improper action on 3 May 2019, pursuant to Australian Rule of Racing 175(a).
Australian Rule of Racing 175(a) states:
The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
(a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or
dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

The specifics of charge one (1) read:
That on 25 November 2015 you Ben Currie as the licensed trainer of a horse namely, MASSIVE ATTACK, engaged
in an improper action in connection with racing in that you sent text messages in regards to your intention to have
MASSIVE ATTACK subjected to an electronic apparatus capable of affecting its performance.

The specifics of charge two (2) read:
That between 19 November 2016 and 9 December 2016 you Ben Currie as the licensed trainer of a horse namely,
SAID WRITTEN, engaged in an improper action in connection with racing in that you sent text messages in regards
to your intention to have SAID WRITTEN subjected to an electronic apparatus capable of affecting its performance.

Subsequent to the Stewards inquiries into the aforementioned matters the determination of the charges and penalty
imposed was conducted by written submissions between the Applicants legal counsel and QRIC Stewards. The
Applicants submissions on charge and penalty dated 29 April 2019 and 8 May 2019 respectively, and QRIC Stewards
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission,response to the aforementioned submissions on charge and penalty dated 3 May 2019 and 10 May 2019
respectively.

The Stewards subsequently issued the Applicant with a two (2) year disqualification for charge one (1), and a two (2)
year disqualification for charge two (2) to be served cumulatively, totalling a period of four (4) years disqualification.

The Applicant sought a review of the charges and penalty imposed and asked that his submissions on charge and
penalty be considered together with the following grounds of review:
1. The stewards could not be comfortably satisfied of the guilt of the applicant on the evidence before them.
2. The penalties imposed are manifestly excessive.
The outcome sought by the Applicant is that:
1. The finding of guilt on both charges be set aside.
2. The disqualification be set aside. In lieu a reprimand on each charge be imposed.”

Review Rights following Internal Review Decision
In accordance with section 246 of the Racing Integrity Act 2016, as the applicant for an internal review of the original
decision, you are able to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for an external review of
the internal review decision.

An external review is commenced by lodging the appropriate forms with QCAT. In accordance with section 33 of the
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009, an application for an external review of an internal review
decision is to be made within 28 days from the day this internal review decision notice is provided to the applicant.
For further information regarding the processes for an external review of the decision, please contact QCAT:
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Registry Location:
Postal Address:
Phone:
Email:
Level 9, 259 Queen Street, BRISBANE QLD 4001
GPO Box 1639, BRISBANE QLD 4001
1300 753 228
enquiries@qcat.qld.go

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/CURRIE-Benjamin-Internal-Review-Decision-.pdf

ENDS

Very lightweight as far as details are concerned probably due to the fact that Currie's legal team have announced the intention of taking this matter further..but that hasn't stopped Mr Ashby in previous adjudications to include details of material put before the stewards....and the applicant's submissions to him as Internal Reviewer .....in any fair view the lay observer aka the man in the street has to be sceptical that this decision meets the requirements of transparency and accountability omitting the text messages from this decision deprives the public of the right to be properly informed.

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« 2019-Jun-12, 05:49 PM Reply #482 »
Tabled Papers in Parliament yesterday the explanatory notes amending certain of the regulations under the Racing Integity Act whereby the Commissioner is authorised to share information and consult with relevant authorities the Police Commissioner etc the notes reveal that the Commission implemented the first significant step in implementing its Intelligence Capability Strategy which was to establish the Operational Intelligence Unit(OIU). TheOIU is responsible for gathering and assessing information for use by the Commission to inform its operational decision-making and resource allocation to achieve the purposes of the Act. The OIU aims to develop relationships with other sporting integrity,regulatoryand animal welfare agencies to leverage operational information to ensure theCommission’s intelligence is of the highest quality.

https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/published.exp/sl-2019-0084

Racing Integrity Act 2016: Racing Integrity (Exchange of Information) Amendment Regulation 2019,

No. 84 Racing Integrity (Exchange of Information) Amendment Regulation 2019, No. 84, explanatory notes

Schedule 1AARelevant agencies for exchange of information
section 3A
Part 1Corporations
•APVMA under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 (Cwlth)
•Chemistry Centre under the Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007 (WA)
•Greyhound Racing SA Limited ACN 094 569 525
•Greyhound Racing Victoria, established under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, established under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 (NSW)
•Greyhounds Australasia Limited ACN 106 879 903
•GRNSW under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 (NSW)
•Harness Racing SA Limited ACN 094 559 930
•Harness Racing Victoria, established under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•HRNSW under the Harness Racing Act 2009 (NSW)
•New Zealand Racing Laboratory Services Limited (NZ Company Number 1044645)
•Racing Analytical Services Ltd. ACN 006 957 624
•Racing Australia Limited ACN 105 994 330
•Racing NSW under the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 (NSW)
•Racing Victoria Limited ACN 096 917 930
•RSPCA Australia ACN 163 614 668
•RWWA under the Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003 (WA)
•Tasracing Pty Ltd ACN 137 188 286
•The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Queensland) Limited ACN 166 777 591
•The University of Queensland, established under the University of Queensland Act 1998
•Thoroughbred Racing S.A. Limited ACN 094 475 939
Part 2Other Persons
•Australian Border Force Commissioner under the Australian Border Force Act 2015 (Cwlth)
•CEO under the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cwlth)
•CEO under the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cwlth)
•Chief Executive Officer of Harness Racing Australia Incorporated ABN 19 877 460 923
•Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club Incorporated ABN 48 530 010 019
•Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Racing Club Incorporated ABN 21 423 896 409, trading as Thoroughbred Park
•Chief Executive Officer of the Darwin Greyhound Association of the NT Inc ABN 18 207 765 019
•Chief Executive Officer of the department of the Commonwealth public service responsible for administering the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cwlth)
•Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Racing N.T. ABN 15 688 350 211
•Chief Executive Officer under the Racing Act 2002
•Commissioner under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (Cwlth)
•Commissioner under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cwlth)
•Director under the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (Tas)
•Executive Director of the Association of Official Racing Chemists (US Employer Identification Number 30-0892915)
•Racing Integrity Commissioner under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•Secretary of the department of the Tasmanian public service responsible for administering the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (Tas)
•Secretary under the Migration Act 1958 (Cwlth)

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« 2019-Jun-12, 06:40 PM Reply #483 »
Quite a collection of Internal Reviews now available on the QRIC website all codes are represented .....not a lot of joy though mostly Mr Ashby found the stewards decision should stand ......a couple received some relief with reduced fines partly suspended ..quite a lot of detail compared to the bare bones of the Ben Currie decision as  reported earlier today.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-NATHAN-DAWSON.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DWYER-Graham-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf
Original decision of charge confirmed, penalty amended to a $500.00 fine, $250 wholly suspended for a period of two (2) years.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALLAS-BE CKETT.pdf (Dishlicker case)
Original decision of charge and penalty confirmed – five (5) month disqualification positive to Androstane


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALE-SMITH-2.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MATTHEW-MCGILLIVRAY-003.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/APPO-Beau-Internal-Review-decision.pdf(weighing in light)

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-33-19-CLAYTON-GALLAGHER.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-32-19-CLAYTON-GALLAGHER.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JULIEANN-LANCASTER.pdf
Original decision of charge confirmed - decision on penalty amended $1000.00 fine.
This was saddling the wrong horse at Rocky

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-PIETRO-ROMEO.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JOSHUA-KING.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/STEPHENS-Michael-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf
Original decision of charge and penalty confirmed - $500, $250 wholly suspended for 2 years.
Insulting  behaviour to a steward

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« 2019-Jun-13, 09:20 AM Reply #484 »
The following questions were asked Wednesday, 12 June 2019. In accordance with the Standing Orders, answers are required by email to TableOffice@parliament.qld.gov.au by Friday, 12 July 2019.

983 MR J LANGBROEK ASKED MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MINISTER FOR RACING AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 and 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) (a) the number of animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) the number of animal samples that reported positive for prohibited substances?

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This is the second question asked by Mr Langbroek on the same subject the answer to his first question is due by 14th June.
This will keep someone in the filing room busy compiling this detail......you can bet whatever the number of swabs were  taken and there would be hundreds if not thousands the number of positives would be very small percentage.

This is the first question from questions on Notice from an earlier sitting day

MR J LANGBROEK ASKED MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MINISTER FOR RACING
AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (HON S HINCHLIFFE)—
Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 to 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) the
number of (a) animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) animal samples that reported
positive for prohibited substances?

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« 2019-Jun-14, 11:06 AM Reply #485 »
Ben Currie disqualified for three years and fined on prohibited substance charges

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have today disqualified Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie for three years and fined him $45,000 after he was found guilty last week of five prohibited substance charges.

Mr Currie brought five thoroughbred horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems.

Wicked Trilogy was found with meloxicam in its system on 2 December 2017 when it raced at Kilcoy, Shakira was found to have testosterone in excess of the accepted concentration in its system when it raced on 28 January 2018 at Toowoomba, and Karaharaga was found to have 17-methylmorphinan-3-ol in its system when it raced on 6 July 2018 at Rockhampton.

Dreamscope was found to have cocaine and benzolecgonine in its system when it raced at Toowoomba on 16 September 2018 and Eight Over was found to have cocaine, methylecgonine and benzolecgonine in its system when it raced on 2 February 2019 at Toowoomba.

Today’s disqualification period is additional to periods previously imposed on Mr Currie and will be served at the expiration of those.

Mr Currie has previously been disqualified for causing race day treatment (two years) and two and half years for two charges of improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses. This brings the total period of disqualification to seven and a half years. 

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That's a massive penalty 3 years plus $45K never heard of anything like that .....adding to the previous periods he'll be out for over 7 years unless he is successful in appeals some of which are in the process at QCAT .........will be a long and possibly stressful wait for these appeals to be decided ...unless he does a Darren probably unlikely as he has fought everything else thrown at him .

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« 2019-Jun-14, 04:46 PM Reply #486 »


He may have just let RQ screw themselves into the ceiling -- before going over the top on penalties.

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« 2019-Jun-14, 05:38 PM Reply #487 »
QRIC reminds racing participants to vaccinate against Hendra after confirmed NSW case

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has advised that the deadly Hendra virus has been confirmed in a horse at a property near Australia’s horse capital of Scone, the most southern location the infection has been detected in Australia.

An unvaccinated mare on a Hunter Valley property developed neurological signs on Friday 7 June three days after being confined to a yard.

It was euthanased by the owners after becoming unresponsive.

The Department said that because the horse was not vaccinated and had a sudden onset of neurological signs, the owners contacted the animal diseases hotline.

A veterinarian from Hunter Local Lands Services visited the property on Sunday, 9 June to collect samples for testing and the Hendra infection, which is deadly to both horses and humans, was confirmed on Wednesday 12 June.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Director of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services Dr Martin Lenz reminds all racehorse participants to follow good biosecurity practices and for trainers and owners to speak to their vet about vaccinating the horses in their care against Hendra virus to protect their horses and staff from this deadly disease.

“Vaccination remains the single-most effective prevention method,” Dr Lenz said.

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Does the Hendra virus vacccination protect against administrative distemper?

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« 2019-Jun-16, 05:59 PM Reply #489 »
Trainer Ben Currie facing more inquiries

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Stewards hope to have the remaining charges against trainer Ben Currie heard within the next month.

Currie is serving a 7-1/2 year disqualification after a further three years was added to his sentence on Friday.

He has been found guilty of charges including race day treatment, positive swabs and sending a text indicating the use of an electrical device known as a jigger.

Currie's cumulative sentence is already the longest for a Queensland trainer who has not been warned off for life.

He intends to seek internal reviews or appeals of the convictions.

Currie still has about 20 charges outstanding which have not been heard.

Chief steward Peter Chadwick said he hoped to send some material to Currie's lawyers this week or early next week.

"It is a lengthy process and we need to work through it," he said.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said Currie was keen to have the matters dealt with so he could get on with the appeal process.

"We obviously don't agree with the results but for everyone's good this should be resolved as soon as possible," he said.


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« 2019-Jun-17, 05:50 PM Reply #490 »
A CLERICAL error last week has led to the discovery of a little known fact in the Integrity Act regarding the internal review.( Nathan Exelby in the CM today)

Rules state the internal review needs to be returned within 20 working days. When Larry Cassidy’s internal review went past the deadline last week, the jockey assumed he would be dismissed of his careless riding charge.

But in actual fact, the fine print says if the review is not handed down within the time, the original stewards’ decision stands.

Cassidy was told the review had been completed within 20 days, but it was not sent, instead arriving a day later.

QRIC has since amended the fact sheet to include this particular rule.

Jockeys continue to say the internal review is pointless.

Queensland’s jockey representative Glen Prentice says his members “regard it as a waste of time”.

He pointed to a 12-month period under the previous Racing Disciplinary Board where 29 of 35 appeals were upheld or resulted in a reduction in penalty.

“Since QRIC started, I can only think of only three cases where riding offences have had a reduction,” he said.

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After failing at IR a small number of applicants have had success at QCAT either in full or in part .. one case where QCAT upheld the appeal over a 10 day suspension the legal expenses were around $10K a heavy price to pay costs were not awarded.

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« 2019-Jun-18, 04:48 PM Reply #491 »
QRIC grants set to support racing animal welfare
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is set to open its first Racing Animal Welfare (RAW) grants program from 1 July 2019.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the new Queensland-wide RAW grants program to fund eligible projects of up to $10,000 each would help to deliver on the Commission’s animal welfare priorities.

“This grants program is a great new way for the Government, through QRIC, to support the delivery of community-based animal welfare initiatives for racing animals,” he said.

“There’s some excellent, grassroots animal welfare work being done right across Queensland and we’re calling on those already working in this space to apply for funding support through this program.

“The RAW grants program is a smart way to support organisations, particularly racing animal retirement and rehoming groups, who work to promote animal welfare initiatives.

“This program will build on QRIC’s own animal welfare initiatives including the highly successful Greyhound Adoption Program, GAP.”

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the grants program was a win-win for the animal racing community, for the Commission and for animal welfare.

“By supporting organisations that are already doing great work in the community, we amplify the work of the Commission and improve animal welfare outcomes to a greater extent than we could on our own,” he said.

“The result will be a state-wide animal welfare community, sharing knowledge, coordinating and maximising retired racing animal welfare efforts.”

Applications will be invited from 1 July 2019 until 31 August 2019 for projects commencing from 1 January 2020. Commission staff will be available to support applicants through the application process, with applicants to be notified of results mid-November 2019.

For more information about the grants, including RAW grants program guidelines visit https://qric.qld.gov.au/veterinary-services-animal-welfare/grants-2/

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« 2019-Jun-25, 06:31 PM Reply #492 »
BEN CURRIE CHARGED WITH FRAUD
Tuesday 25 June, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been charged with fraud over performance enhancing drugs.
Queensland's most successful trainer of winners this season, Ben Currie, has been charged with fraud involving allegations he used performance enhancing drugs to win prize money.

It is believed to be the first time since the late Hayden Haitana in 1985 was charged with fraud out of the Fine Cotton substitution case a Queensland trainer has faced the charge when it involved the results of races.


The Toowoomba-based Currie is currently serving seven-and-a-half years disqualification imposed by racing authorities on multiple charges ranging from race day treatments, to positive swabs, to cocaine and improper conduct.

He is seeking internal reviews or appealing those convictions but faces a further 20 charges before racing stewards.

Currie is still the leading trainer on winners in Queensland but several of those winners face disqualification.

Queensland Police released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying a 28-year-old Toowoomba man had been charged following a 14-month long investigation by officers from the QPS Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

'It is alleged the offender has engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour over a period from November 2016 to March 2019 where he has sourced and administered unregulated horse supplements designed to enhance race performance in a manner to circumvent current testing methodology in Queensland thoroughbred racing," the statement said.

The statement continued as a result, it is further alleged the offender has dishonestly gained a benefit through entitlement to prize money distributed by Racing Queensland for thoroughbred races in Queensland over that time.

It further read the man has been charged with one count of aggravated fraud (Criminal Code) and has been bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court July 15, 2019.

Currie's barrister, Jim Murdoch, said he was in no position to make any comment.

Spokespeople for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and RQ said they were aware of the arrest but could not comment at this stage.
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https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/ben-currie-charged-with-fraud/

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« 2019-Jun-26, 12:44 PM Reply #493 »
Downfall of a stable that flouted rules
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BEN Currie’s standing as a successful trainer came into question the moment CCTV footage of his father Mark and another stable employee Greg Britnell administering a substance on race days emerged last year.

Britnell was filmed orally administering a substance to several horses on the morning they were to race at Toowoomba’s Weetwood meeting on April 7 last year.

This happened despite a warning 24 hours earlier by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) that it would have “an increased presence” at that meeting.

Further footage showed Mark Currie administering a substance on race day the previous month.

Under questioning, both Britnell and Currie admitted it was outside the rules to do what they had done

– regardless of what the substance was – on a race day, knowing full well that the cut-off is one full clear day before racing (in the case of a Saturday race, this being midnight on a Thursday).

It showed the stable was operating outside the very clearly stated rules of racing. It also opened up the Pandora’s Box of Ben Currie’s personal phone records, which later led to a suite of charges being laid against him by the QRIC.

At the present time, the count

stands at 7½ years’ disqualification, with another two lots of

charges still to be determined.

That same investigation led police to the criminal charges that were laid against the trainer yesterday. Currie has consistently protested his innocence and openly ridiculed stewards and associated QRIC officials over the charges and penalties handed to him. But his written heroics will amount to nothing if the fraud charges stick.

A conviction for any fraud offence means a person cannot hold a licence, effectively ending his training career.

What once was the most promising young training career in the state now lies in tatters, with the determination of a court to decide if he will ever gain redemption.


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« 2019-Jun-26, 01:13 PM Reply #494 »
Two more arrests in relation to Ben Currie police investigation

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12:05PM26 June 2019
Queensland Police have arrested and charged another two men with aggravated fraud in connection with a suspected horse racing doping network.

Disgraced trainer Ben Currie was on Tuesday arrested and charged with aggravated fraud, facing allegations he sourced performance enhancing substances for his horses and dishonestly claimed the winnings.

Police will allege he “engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November, 2016 and March 2019.

Now police have arrested and charged a further two men with fraud following a 14-month long investigation by officers from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

"The charges are the result of Operation Quebec Creed, an investigation into suspected doping practices by a network of people involved in the thoroughbred racing industry," a police statement said.

"A 49-year-old man from Forestdale has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated fraud, and bailed to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16, 2019.

"A 41-year-old male from Lockyer Waters, has also been arrested with one count of aggravated fraud and bailed to appear at Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15, 2019.

"It is alleged that both men enabled and facilitated the administration of unregistered horse supplements by a third party which resulted in dishonestly obtaining a financial benefit through thoroughbred race winnings.

"These charges follow yesterday’s arrest of a 28-year-old Toowoomba man."

It is believed the two men arrested are not licensed horse racing participants.

Currie is currently banned from training for 7-1/2 years for offences ranging from alleged use of electrical devices, race day treatments and a number of swab irregularities, including the discovery of cocaine in two of his horses.

You can read Racenet's story from Tuesday on the arrest of Ben Currie and the fraud charge he is facing by reading HERE

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« 2019-Jun-26, 03:09 PM Reply #495 »
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 !!

Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Supplementary Stewards Report: From Toowoomba 11 May 2019
Date: 2 June 2019
Panel: R. Hitchener, E. Barron, J Childs
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into
the circumstances surrounding ROYAL WARFARE and UNIMAGINEABLE racing whilst
wearing the incorrect saddlecloth numbers in Race 6 at the Toowoomba Turf Club on 11
May 2019.
During the inquiry it was identified that upon weighing out App. M Savva (ROYAL
WARFARE) incorrectly identified the required saddlecloth for that runner and therefore
presented the incorrect saddlecloth to the Trainer Mr M Boland. Mr Boland advised the
inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by App. Savva he failed check that the
saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
It was further identified that Jockey M Palmer (UNIMAGINEABLE) was the last rider to weigh
out for this event, and therefore, as there was only one remaining saddlecloth for selection,
he took possession of this saddlecloth and presented it to that gelding’s trainer Mr B
Robinson without checking the number he had collected. Subsequently due to the earlier
failure of App. Savva this led to the incorrect saddlecloth being provided to Mr Robinson. Mr
Robinson advised the inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by Jockey Palmer
he failed check that the saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
After giving consideration to the evidence provided by all parties the following penalties were
applied for negligence under AR 227 which led to a breach AR207 which requires that every
horse running in a race must carry a saddlecloth bearing the number which corresponds with
the number of the horse in the race bookApp. M Savva- $100.
Jockey. M Palmer- $100.
Trainer M. Boland- Reprimand.
Trainer B Robinson- Reprimand.
A review into the failure of Stewards to identify the error at the horse check in point has been
provided to the Chief Steward for consideration.


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Explanations show extreme carelessness on the part of the connections....but the stewards who are responsible for checking runners before they go onto the track were seriously deficient  to not pick up on theses discrepancies.....I think .there might be  another post on this somewhere where the racecaller picked up the error.
 
https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/twba/20190511/race/6
 
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