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« 2019-Jul-02, 06:27 PM Reply #500 »
Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: Peter Fleming – Text Book
Date: 27 June 2019
Panel: D Aurisch, P Chadwick & N Boyle
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today finalised an inquiry into
reports from the analyst that a sample taken from TEXT BOOK at Rockhampton on 9 August
2018 contained the prohibited substance Methocarbamol.

The stewards considered submissions from the trainer Peter Fleming’s legal representative
regarding that TEXT BOOK was treated with the above-mentioned substance to prevent it
‘Tying up’ in the week leading up to the relevant race. Mr Fleming was of the opinion that he
allowed a sufficient withholding period to prevent the mare returning a positive sample when
it competed at Rockhampton on 9 August 2018. Written evidence was also considered from
Dr Brad Johnstone and Apprentice Thomas Doyle.

After considering the documentation regarding the sample, including the explanation from Mr
Fleming through his legal representative, the (QRIC) Stewards issued him with a charge
pursuant to AR 178 which reads:
Subject to AR178G, when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the
purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample
taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other
person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.
The specifics of the charge being that as the trainer of TEXT BOOK, he brought that mare to
Rockhampton on 9 August 2018 for the purpose of engaging in a race and a post-race urine
sample taken following the Class 6 Plate 1400m, was found to contain the prohibited
substance Methocarbamol.

After considering submissions in defence of the charge, the panel were satisfied to the
requisite standard that charge be sustained and Mr Fleming was formally found guilty.
When considering the matter of penalty the following was taken into account:

1. Evidence of Mr Fleming’s veterinary surgeon Dr Brad Johnstone to the effect that the
substance in question was prescribed for the mare ‘Tying up’ in the week leading up
to the above-mentioned race;

2. Short statement from Mr Thomas Doyle;

3. The decision of the Racing Appeals Authority in the matter of Chris Morson on 11
May 1995;

4. Mr Fleming’s disciplinary history, having one previous breach in 2005 for the relevant
rule;

5. The personal circumstances of Mr Fleming including his financial obligations;

6. Relevant penalty precedents;
Document title, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, 7/07/2016 2

7. Need for a penalty to serve as a necessary deterrent to not only Mr Fleming but to
the wider industry to illustrate the negative impact breaches of this kind have on the
image of the sport.
Having considered the above-mentioned factors, Mr Fleming was issued with a fine of
$3000.

Furthermore, under the provisions of AR 240(1) Text Book was disqualified from winning
the Class 6 Plate 1400m at Rockhampton on 9 August 2018 and the placings were
amended as follows:
Rockhampton 9 August 2018 – Class 6 Plate 1400m
1
st MR BOXVALE
2
nd MALKARA
3
rd NO EFFORT NEEDED
4
th SWINGAHINCH
Mr Fleming was advised of his rights to an internal review into the decision.

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« 2019-Jul-03, 06:09 PM Reply #501 »
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-03-July-Stewards-Report-Michael-Jokic-LEGAL-LOOPHOLE-1.pdf

QRIC stewards fine Michael Jocik $3K Legal Loophole caffeine positive.

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« 2019-Jul-05, 11:57 AM Reply #502 »
Under the provisions of AR 177, Legal Loophole was disqualified as the winner of Race 4
Maiden Plate – 1460M at the Home Race Club 3 November 2018, and the placings
amended as follows:
1st Drumeous
2nd Naughty Corner
3rd First Train
4th Wakoo

Alas poor Drumeous has had a dozen or so chances to join the exclusive "TWO MAIDEN WINS" Club . . but hasn't up to the task . . things will only get tougher from here on

Meanwhile Legal Loophole, having lost his only claim to fame has been retired . .

They put some on it that day at Home Hill, but whether they got 3K would be debatable
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« 2019-Jul-11, 08:15 PM Reply #503 »
Stewards agree to adjourn Currie inquiry until criminal charge is resolved
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has agreed to a request from legal representatives for disqualified Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie to adjourn its inquiry into seven alleged breaches of the rules of racing until after the resolution of a criminal charge he is now facing.

Stewards were scheduled to commence their inquiry today into the seven alleged breaches.

The Queensland Racing Crime Squad charged the disqualified trainer on 25 June 2019 with alleged systematic fraudulent behaviour over a period from November 2016 to March 2019 where he allegedly sourced and administered unregulated horse supplements designed to enhance race performance in a manner to circumvent current testing methodology in Queensland thoroughbred racing.

Mr Currie was bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on 15 July 2019.

An internal review decision into the 20 May 2019 Steward’s guilty verdict and penalty of two year’s disqualification for 12 breaches of the rules of racing, issued on 28 May 2018 has confirmed the original decision and amended Mr Currie’s penalty to 18 months disqualification.

This reduces Mr Currie’s current cumulative disqualification period to seven years; three years for five prohibited substance charges, two and a half years after he was found guilty of 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 and 18 months for 12 breaches of the rules of racing.

A date is yet to be set for a further Stewards inquiry into 14 alleged breaches of the rules of racing issued on 28 May 2018.

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« 2019-Jul-15, 05:22 PM Reply #504 »
TRAINER BEN CURRIE HAS RACING BAN REDUCED
Monday 15 July, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Disqualified trainer Ben Currie's fraud case has been adjourned in a Toowoomba court.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been adjourned.

Last week after an internal review Currie had a cumulative 7-1/2 year disqualification reduced to seven years after six months was taken off his two year sentence for 12 breaches of racing rules.

A further internal review of another five charges was released on Monday.

The preliminary release said an internal review of the three-year sentence on five prohibited substance charges covering a period from December 2017 to February this year would be reduced to two years and three months.

The internal review also slashed a $45,000 fine on those charges to $10,000.

He is also serving a cumulative two-and-a-half years on charges involving text messages which allegedly indicated the use of a jigger.

It means Currie is currently disqualified for six years and three months and a has fine of $10,000.

He faces a further 21 charges but they have been adjourned until after his criminal charge is resolved.

Currie will return to court in September on a criminal fraud charge after a short court appearance on Monday.

He has not entered a plea on the charge and at his next court appearance it is expected a date will be set for a committal hearing.

It is understood the committal will not be until late this year or early next year.

Last month, police charged Currie with aggravated fraud alleging the trainer took part in systematic behaviour between November 2016 and March this year.

The charges allege he circumvented current drug testing methods by accessing unregulated supplements designed to enhance a horse's performance.

Currie was bailed to appear for mention in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday when the matter was adjourned until September 16 to allow defence lawyers to get a full brief of the police case.

Currie has not had a runner since May 2 but still leads the state's training premiership with 134 winners for the season.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/internal-review-reduces-ben-curries-disqualification-period-on-prohibited-substance-charges/

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« 2019-Jul-15, 05:47 PM Reply #505 »
Five QCAT matters involving QRIC listed for tomorrow.

Kelly Doughty v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR301-18 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Jason Edwards v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR089-18 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Tribunal Hearing 16/07/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 1, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
 
Compulsory Conference 16/07/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane Bryan Jeffery Dais v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission

Michael John Collin Murphy v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR095-19 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-Jul-16, 04:16 PM Reply #506 »
Trainer dodges bullet after breaching bail by an hour
PETER HARDWICK
 
SUSPENDED horse trainer Ben Currie has walked out of Toowoomba Magistrates Court without penalty after pleading guilty to breaching his bail conditions.
He will return on a more serious charge of fraud on September 16.

Currie (pictured), 28, woke at about midnight on July 9 “in a panic” that he had forgotten to report to Toowoomba police station as part of his bail conditions. He arrived there at 1am admitting his failure, solicitor Darren Mahony told the court yesterday.

 Magistrate Graham Lee ordered no further penalty and no conviction. Currie was arrested last month on a fraud-related charge arising from his horse training business. Police allege he engaged in “systematic fraudulent behaviour”. He has not yet been required to enter a plea.

Currie was disqualified from racing for 7½ years this year but yesterday it was cut to 6¼ after an internal review
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« 2019-Jul-18, 06:17 PM Reply #507 »
Questions asked by LNP member J-P Langbroek of the Racing Minister with Answers as reported in Hansard.

Relating to :-

Swabbing and positives plus progress on implementing recommendations from the MacSporran Royal Commission.

Question on Notice No. 982 Asked on 12 June 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: 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?

 ANSWER: For the 2017-18 financial year: a) The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) tested 20,889 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes. b) 91 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances. For the 2018-19 financial year (as at 31 May 2019) a) The Commission has received 18,348 racing animal samples to test for prohibited substances across the three codes. b) 61 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substance

Question on Notice No. 799 Asked on 15 May 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: 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?

 ANSWER: For the 2017-18 financial year: a) the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) tested 20,889 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes b) 91 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances. For the 2018-19 financial year (as at 31 March 2019): a) the Commission tested 14,700 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes b) 61 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances.

Question on Notice No. 780 Asked on 14 May 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: With reference to the 15 recommendations made in the final report of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry aimed at improving integrity and animal welfare in the racing industry and the Queensland Government’s official response to initiate 75 activities to address these recommendations— Will the Minister advise (a) the recommendations that are yet to be completed and (b) the government-initiated activities yet to be completed?

ANSWER: The Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry (MacSporran Report) set out 15 recommendations aimed at improving integrity and animal welfare in the racing industry. The Queensland Government Response included 75 government initiated activities to implement the recommendations of the MacSporran Report.
 The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) has maintained a strong focus on the continued delivery of the MacSporran recommendations over the last three years.
To date, seven recommendations, comprising 55 government initiated activities, have been finalised. (a) Recommendations finalised include:
• Recommendation 1: Institutional and functional model for integrity management of the Queensland Racing Industry;
• Recommendation 2: Operational model for the commercial business of the racing industry;
• Recommendation 3: The detecting, assessing, mitigating and prosecution of all breaches of the Racing Act or any other relevant Act;
• Recommendation 5: The tracking of greyhounds from birth to leaving the racing industry;
• Recommendation 6: Injury tracking;
• Recommendation 8: Discontinuation of QGreys breeding incentive program; and
• Recommendation 12: Overbreeding of greyhounds and the issue of wastage.
 (b) The Commission and Racing Queensland share responsibility for implementing the remaining recommendations of the MacSporran Report and the associated government activities.
 The Commission and Racing Queensland co-chair a joint MacSporran Working Group to govern these activities.
 The remaining eight recommendations, including the status of the government initiated activities associated with each recommendation, a Recommendations 4, 7, 10 and 14:
• Completing these recommendations is dependent on the development of the Commission’s new on-line customer relationship management system, RandLE.
 Of the 15 government-initiated activities required to deliver these recommendations, seven are complete, five are in progress and three have been deferred by Government.
Recommendation 9: • This recommendation is comprised of four government initiated activities, three of which have been completed and one deferred by Government.
Recommendations 11, 13 and 15: • These recommendations are being led by Racing Queensland and require the development of minimum standards and training packages.
Of the 12 government initiated activities required to deliver these recommendations, one is complete and the remaining activities are in progress.
Greyhound Training Track Operator Guidelines and a Greyhound Training Track Registration Policy are currently being finalised by Racing Queensland following industry feedback.
The development and alignment of training packages and qualifications remains an issue nationally and is hindering the progress of these recommendations.
The implementation of four government-initiated activities related to recommendations 9 and 10 were deferred in 2017 for up to three years due to a significant reduction in greyhound breeding numbers since 2014-15 and concerns for the sustainability of the greyhound racing industry in Queensland.
The deferral is subject to overbreeding and wastage not re-emerging as issues and the Commission will continue to monitor breeding and wastage numbers.


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« 2019-Jul-19, 07:57 PM Reply #508 »
Marcus John Wilson v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR168-17 Experts Conclave 22/07/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Wilson's case has been ongoing since November 2017 and has been called up at QCAT twice previously apparently without any result .

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

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« 2019-Jul-23, 02:04 PM Reply #509 »
Some activity at QCAT today 4 matters listed as follows:-

Dale Bradley Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR107-19 Directions Hearing 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR074-19 Directions Hearing 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

William Xanthopoulos v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR007-19 Compulsory
Conference 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Mediation Room 2, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Darrel William Graham v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR174-16 Tribunal Hearing 23/07/2019 12:30 PM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-Jul-25, 08:13 PM Reply #510 »
Racing portfolio Estimates Committee hearing on Tuesday involved some questions J P langbroek LNP Surfers Paradise and answers from QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett as follows :-
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you, Chair. If I could ask the QRIC Commissioner to come to the table. I refer to page 40 of the SDS for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries where it refers to stewarding matters.

Welcome, Commissioner. What is QRIC doing to address the concerns of regional race clubs that their meetings are being compromised by having fewer stewards and some with less experience as this is affecting TAB turnover as well as issues of mix-ups with horses at race meetings such as in Rockhampton and Toowoomba?

 Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission employs over 36 permanent stewards who oversee race day activities across the three codes of racing. We also engage 41 casual stewards to support those permanent stewards.

 In the 2018-19 year, the commission provided stewarding services at 1,571 race meetings across the state across the three codes, overseeing approximately 12,000 individual races.

Any errors relating to judging practices were performed by staff who are not engaged by the commission but I am aware that there have been reports in the media about some stewarding and judging issues in 2018-19, including at Toowoomba, Kilcoy and Rockhampton. The commission is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of integrity for the Queensland racing industry and investigates all operational actions that result in negative community comment.

 Following these incidents, stewards have been reminded of their obligations to follow all procedures and policies at race meetings. It should be noted that while the commission stewards oversee in excess of 12,000 races per year, and whilst human error is regrettable, the error rate highlighted recently is not a regular occurrence.
With five errors out of the amount of races that have occurred in 2018, the rate of error is 0.04 per cent.

 To further address the member's question, I am not aware of any deficit in the number or quality of stewards at any country race meeting, but I would be happy to answer a question if I can assist.

 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you. I might actually have the chair of the race club seek a meeting with the minister about that particular matter. I will do that through different means.
My next question is also to the Commissioner and it refers to enforcement measures at page 40 of the SDS. At last year's hearing, the Commissioner explained the separation between QRIC and the Queensland Police Service when it comes to recommending charges and prosecuting cases. Have there been any changes to media announcements of prospective charges by the commission which in the past have compromised the presumption of innocence legal principle?

Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question.

CHAIR: The question made an assertion that may be in dispute. That should have been phrased as a question rather than an assertion, but take that on board.
 
Mr Barnett: As you have rightly indicated, there is a clear separation of responsibility between the sworn police officers who comprise the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad who are not members of staff of the commission. Whilst those members are co-located physically with the commission they at all times retain their operational independence and report back through their chain of command to the Queensland Police Service through the State Crime Command.

 Accordingly, any decisions that are made by the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad to prosecute or not prosecute any person for any offence are matters for them to make independently and they do so. Where necessary I make media announcements about issues impacting on the industry and industry participants so that the industry is kept informed about the work that is being done by the commission and to maintain industry and community confidence in the work that is being done to preserve integrity in racing.

 Mr LANGBROEK: In that case, again referring to QRIC, is it the Labor government's intention with the review of the Racing Integrity Act to address the issue of naming and shaming licensees prior to their being charged or is it the view that the effect on some subsequently innocent licensees is collateral damage as QRIC does its job?

CHAIR: I may be getting tired but it seems there were some imputations there. Is there a way to rephrase that that does not suggest that the minister treats members of the public in that way but still gets to the issue?

Mr LANGBROEK: I will rephrase it but it was not a reflection on the minister, it is about the process that currently exists. Will the minister give the committee some advice about the upcoming review of the Racing Integrity Act with a view to how licensees who may be charged are sometimes referred to prior to being charged?
CHAIR: That is much better. Thank you.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I am certainly aware of the concerns of some people in the industry around the QRIC process. I certainly reiterate that we have committed to a review of the act to ensure that that process and all of the steps of the process are open to review, as I say, some three years on from its introduction with the Racing Integrity Act 2016. All aspects of the way in which the act operates are on the table. The thing that I have ruled out and have made clear to the industry is that we will not see what you have thrown out on the table as being an opportunity to get rid of QRIC.

Mr LANGBROEK: Not me, Minister. You must be quoting someone else.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: We will be sticking with the model of the separation to make sure that we have the highest levels of integrity. However, the review process provides an opportunity for a range of industry stakeholders and for everyone in the broader community to have their say and their input into how the processes and the management of racing integrity can be improved. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is running that review process as the relevant responsible department. It is doing so in a way that provides maximum engagement with stakeholders. I have convened and had the pleasure of having the commissioner and his team brief a meeting of key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in these issues and areas from across the three codes.

They were very appreciative of the information and the discussions that were had at that stage. They will contribute with submissions to the review process, which the government will consider and take into account in terms of any further reform.

 Mr LANGBROEK: My next question is a more specific question to do with QRIC. Minister, could you provide the committee with details of the number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved? I am happy for that to be taken on notice, Minister.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Can you run through that again? Mr LANGBROEK: The number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved. CHAIR: There are a number of questions but they are all on the same broad theme. We can puzzle through this.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I can advise that in 2018-19 there were 40 applications made to QCAT for an external review of a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission internal review decision. In 2018-19, 27 QCAT matters were finalised. Of the matters finalised, QCAT has found in favour of the applicant in six matters. QCAT amended the decision in two matters, resulting in both receiving a reduced penalty,and set aside the decision in four matters. QCAT has found in favour of the commission in six matters, resulting in four applications being dismissed and two internal review decisions being confirmed. The balance of finalised matters was settled with the applicant and the review application withdrawn. Ninety-six per cent of the 1,525 original decisions made in 2018-19 stand as originally made.

 Mr LANGBROEK: The last element of the question was about the time from when charged to the completion of the case, if possible. You may not have that.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I might ask the commissioner to answer the question on time. Mr Barnett: On average, the minimum time it takes for a matter to be heard at QCAT following an original decision made by the stewards is approximately 11 months.
 

 Mr LANGBROEK: Again on QRIC, Minister, I note that at page 42 of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries SDS, under the heading 'Sampling and Analytical Services' there are a number of survey questions. Would you consider a survey question that asks industry members whether they are somewhat or very confident in the performance of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission?

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: What I would be focused on is making sure that we see the system working, that we build confidence and encourage the building of confidence amongst industry in QRIC and our racing integrity and welfare systems. Safeguarding the welfare of racing animals and ensuring the integrity of racing activities critically contributes to public confidence, which in turn supports the industry's social licence. Anything that continues to work—any advocacy, any blowing of the trumpet— to undermine that confidence will further damage the industry as a total. Each year the commission has partnered with a specialist social research company to conduct that survey of Queensland community members on their attitudes towards racing. Monitoring community confidence in the integrity of the racing industry provides a real snapshot of public sentiment and reported confidence levels. The most important thing that we need to be focused on is maintaining and supporting the social license of what is a very important industry to the whole of Queensland, not focusing on the small number of complaints when there is a way in which we can address that by fixing the system, not undermining the system.

ENDS.

I think that QRIC should ensure they are fair to all parties after making media statements on licensses being charged they should acknowledge an obligation that the result of the prosecution is also made public in the form of a media release so that those found not guilty have the same publicity they received when facing charges.

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« 2019-Jul-28, 06:56 PM Reply #511 »
Nothing to report on Internal Reviews for ages ...not a word... will try to connect with QRIC and see why nothing is happening. :o

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« 2019-Jul-29, 07:45 PM Reply #512 »
Two matters listed for directions hearing tomorrow at QCAT

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 30/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 30/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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« 2019-Aug-02, 07:41 PM Reply #513 »
Finally the long running Cobalt positive from Mafuta Vautin has been heard and determined Darrell Graham suspended from training and driving for 12 months effective to commence in  2 weeks time.......very lengthy decision by the learned member and not the good news Darrell would have been hoping for.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-198.pdf

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« 2019-Aug-02, 07:46 PM Reply #514 »
Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant suspended effective immediately
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has suspended Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant after he was found guilty of drugs charges earlier this week.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said in accordance with the Commission’s Thoroughbred Standard for a licensing scheme the Commission may immediately suspend any licence where allegations or charges of a criminal nature which require the Commission to exercise a duty of care to participants or animals to safeguard the integrity of the Queensland racing industry.
“Jockey safety and animal welfare are our highest priority when making these decisions,” he said.
Mr Tarrant was found guilty on Wednesday of a series of drug possession charges from February, April, May and July this year.


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« 2019-Aug-05, 08:09 PM Reply #515 »
Three matters set down by QCAT tomorrow.

William Bruce Elson v Queensland Racing Integrity CommissionOCR020-19 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

John Charles Pointon v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR194-18 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


Michael John Collin Murphy v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR095-19 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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« 2019-Aug-12, 05:46 PM Reply #516 »
Five directions hearings set down at the same time tomorrow .....QRIC has to pay for $825 for Compulsory Conferences no info on the cost of Directions Hearings
Directions Hearings must be on the house .
James Rodney Morris v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR022-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Darryl Gardiner v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR239-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Kelly Doughty v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR301-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Jason Edwards v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR089-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Donald John Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR001-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-Aug-15, 07:30 PM Reply #517 »
QCAT Friday's racing matters.

Clinton Joseph Garland v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR134-18 Experts Conclave 16/08/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Gareth Keith Horner v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR248-18 Experts Conclave 16/08/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-Aug-18, 11:24 AM Reply #518 »
Friday's CM devoted words of praise to AUERBACH in the following article by AAP legend Mark aka "OBI" Oberhardt pumped up the tyres bigtime but a sad story unfolded the horse running last and not a word from the stewards.
 
Auerbach helps justify Waller’s expansion into Queensland
MARK OBERHARDT
 
FINE FORM: Chris Waller’s horse Auerbach.
IN-FORM gelding Auerbach has taken to life in Queensland and gets his chance in open company when he runs at Eagle Farm today.
The gelding is the perfect advertisement for Chris Waller’s decision to open a Gold Coast stable two years ago to accommodate horses below Sydney or Melbourne quality.
Waller believed the stable would more than pay its way and Auerbach runs in today’s Ascot Plaza Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm. Auerbach had six trials for six wins early in his career but took five starts before winning a Wyong maiden in January last year.
After three more unplaced runs in NSW, Auerbach was sent north to continue his career in February last year.
He has now won four races and been minor placed nine times, adding about $160,000 to his prizemoney tally.
It has eclipsed the $150,000 Auerbach brought at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Since returning from a spell, Auerbach has been in the best form of his career, running second to Snitch in an open handicap before winning a benchmark 85 race two weeks ago.
Both those runs were at Doomben but Waller’s Queensland manager Paul Shailer thinks the gelding will have no trouble at Eagle Farm over 1400m.
“He has won three times at 1400 metres and his only try at the distance at Eagle Farm, he was drawn right off the track,” Shailer said.
“So I can’t see the track and distance being any problems for him.”
Shailer said he believed the form around Auerbach would be a good guide in coming weeks.
“He ran second to Snitch two runs back and they are talking about that horse as a chance in black-type races in the summer,” he said.
“Third in that race was Magnufighter, who won the main race at Doomben last week.
“Then when Auerbach won his last start he beat another of our horses, The Avenger, who came out and won in Sydney last Saturday.
“It is a pretty good form line for Saturday’s race.”
Auerbach was an acceptor for a race at Doomben last Saturday but was a race morning scratching.
“There was nothing wrong with him, we just decided to give him an extra week,” Shailer said.
“As it turned out, another of our horses Impasse got beaten by a nose in the race.”

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Unfortunately for form followers Auerbach failed dismally on Saturday as a short priced favourite running last of 8 in the 1400 Open at EF R8 ordinarily one would expect the stewards to ask the connections for an explanation of this ....on the face of it a very disappointing effort......but the stewards report on the race makes no mention of any questions asked ...in other words they did a Lord Nelson. They didn’t even bother to swab it.


https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/e%20fm/20190817/race/8
EXTRACT Stewards Report
 Race 8: Ascot Plaza Open H’cap – 1400m
 
SOVEREIGN NATION – Slow to begin.  Held up for clear running from the 400m until the concluding stages.
 
MONSIEUR GUSTAVE – Jumped outwards at the start, making contact with KUBIS.
 
KUBIS – Bumped on jumping.
 
INGEEGOODBE – Lost off fore plate in running

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« 2019-Aug-19, 10:00 AM Reply #519 »
Cobalt test changes sought
NATHAN EXELBY

A PROMINENT veterinarian has called for an overhaul on the way Australian racing authorities control and test for cobalt use as another two licensees have recently been dealt 12-month suspensions for breaching the permissible threshold.

QCAT suspended harness trainer-driver Darrel Graham for a year, and trainer Rachel Scott had a three-month suspension and $6000 fine amended to a 12-month suspension on appeal.

Graham’s case dated back to May 2015.

The elevated cobalt reading from Graham’s horse Mafuta Vautin was accepted to have occurred following the administration of Tripart, containing vitamin B12.

Derek Major, from Derek Major Consulting Pty Ltd, an equine veterinarian for 40 years and someone who, since 2015, has been conducting administration trials in horses of various forms of cobalt supplements, said that the testing system in Australia continues to provide “false positives” compared to what the rule initially set out to achieve.

“While I don’t support in any way, abuse of horses or the administration of any substance to enhance performance, the proposed effects of cobalt salts have been wildly exaggerated and current scientific research has failed to support them,” Dr Major said.

He explained that a cobalt ion, or inorganic cobalt salt, is a single atom that can bind with other atoms in chemical reactions, whereas B12 contains a cobalt atom, but one that is tightly encased in a large molecule and “not available for the speculated effects of inorganic cobalt salts, notably cobalt chloride”, travels intact through the horse’s system and is excreted intact.

“Vitamin B12 was never contemplated in this rule.

“If we’re testing urine for cobalt salts, vitamin B12 yields a false positive. The cobalt from vitamin B12 should be subtracted from the total measured, to give the level of cobalt ions. In America they’ve gone for blood testing, which is much more sensible.

“There’s very little correlation between the blood reading and the urine reading.”

Dr Major noted that Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien escaped sanction in Europe for a cobalt positive after it was accepted that the horse had been exposed to a “salt lick” on raceday.

Another trainer, Mikey O’Connor, was fined €1000 ($A1635) for giving a B12 injection on raceday that resulted in an elevated cobalt reading.

“Other countries in the world have been a lot more measured in the way they have regulated cobalt abuse,” Dr Major said.

Graham said that he had spent more than $300,000 on his defence over the past four years and he might now be forced to sell his property.

“If I’d done it I would have put my hand up and admit I’d done it,” Graham said.

“But this thing is so much of a grey area. There are plenty of others in the same boat as me.’’

QCAT senior member Professor Ned Aughterson drew on several cobalt precedents where a penalty has been resolved as a 12-month suspension.

“I am satisfied that (Graham) had at the very least, displayed a considerable degree of carelessness in the way he managed the horse leading up to the race on 30 May, 2015.’’

Other countries in the world have been a lot more measured in the way they have regulated cobalt abuse
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The Rachel Leigh Scott case resulted in QCAT setting aside the original penalty of 15 months disqualification and in lieu thereof the learned member imposed a suspension of 3 months plus a fine of $6000.....the CM report confusingly suggests that the QCAT decision was appealed and a 12 months suspension imposed.

It would be most unfortunate if Darrell has to sell up to survive presently his few runners since the decision have been trained and driven by Adam Sanderson......possibly Darrell could be employed in some other capacity by the stable (excluding trainng and driving)as the Harness Rules rules unlike the ARB rules do not prevent such an arrangement ..it would be up to QRIC to decide if the employment requires a license should he apply.

Also posted under the Harness Racing thread Cobalt cases

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« 2019-Aug-19, 06:01 PM Reply #520 »
Another group of licensees coming to town for another Directions Hearing at QCAT tomorrow.

Rochelle Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR080-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dale Bradley Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR177-19 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Quite incredible that several of the above have recently been required to attend QCAT for a directions hearing and for whatever reason they're back again. :o

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« 2019-Aug-19, 07:00 PM Reply #521 »
Gold Coast riders test positive at track work
A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) track work operation at the Gold Coast Turf Club this morning has resulted in five track riders testing positive in preliminary testing for prohibited substances.

This morning’s operation involved the testing of 52 people including track work riders and jockeys.

IIT staff also identified four people who were unlicensed to ride.

One licensed racing industry participant failed to provide a sample for testing and was stood down immediately and another participant who returned a preliminary positive test for cannabis was also stood down and both will appear at soon to be scheduled Steward’s inquiries.

Two licensed riders returned preliminary positive tests for opiates and two more returned positive tests for Benzodiazepine.

All preliminary tests will be sent to a laboratory for confirmation.

The trainers who have employed unlicensed track riders will also be referred to the Stewards.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said no notice testing could occur at any time and participants should ensure they are free of prohibited substances for the safety of animals and other participants.

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« 2019-Aug-21, 08:31 PM Reply #522 »
CHALLENGE TO COBALT RULES TO RESUME SOON
Wednesday 21 August, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt
Another important challenge to the Australian Racing rules involving cobalt will continue in Queensland early next month.

Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty is fighting a conviction and 12 months disqualification after stewards found her guilty of presenting Blue Book to race with a cobalt level above the allowed threshold at Doomben in November 2017.

Doughty, who is training on a stay, was found not guilty of the more serious offence of administering excessive cobalt.

She has been adamant that she has done nothing wrong but failed in an internal review of the stewards' decision late last year.

At the internal review Doughty called extensive evidence to support her case and in particular that inorganic compared with organic cobalt levels should be determined as the presence of organic compounds was not a prohibited substance.

Doughty has taken her case to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an appeal.

"We have had directions hearings and the next step is set down for early next month," Doughty said.

"It has been stressful but I am determined to clear my name."

She is one of more than 100 thoroughbred trainers to be charged over cobalt irregularities since the rule was introduced in 2015.

Since Doughty's internal review there have been growing numbers of experts questioning the cobalt rules and how they are administered.

In the latest move, the Australian Trainers Association has asked Racing Australia to review rules in light of an increasing number of scientific opinions that cobalt levels can be inadvertently boosted by legally sourced and administered substances.

The ATA has also raised questions about the effectiveness of cobalt in improving performance in racehorses and whether fines were a more appropriate penalty.

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« 2019-Aug-26, 06:32 PM Reply #523 »
More directions hearings tomorrow at QCAT

Beau-Dene Appo v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR172-19 Directions Hearing 27/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Clayton Gallagher v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR157-19 Directions Hearing 27/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Clayton Gallagher v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR156-19 Directions Hearing 27/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Darryl Gardiner v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR239-18 Directions Hearing 27/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
James Rodney Morris v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR022-18 Directions Hearing 27/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

This is Mr Morris's second go he was listed for a DH on 13 August.

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« 2019-Aug-26, 07:11 PM Reply #524 »
Darleen Duryea application for a reopening of the 12 months disqualification for a cobalt positive in May 2017 has been refused at QCAT ...............strange case of the missing communications but in the end the period of disqualification is well and truly over due to the time involved in bringing the matter to conclusion Darleen was originally disqualified for 12 months way back in May 2017 and has been operating on a stay of proceeedings effectively it's a just mark on her report card no actual time served.......contrast this to the Darrell Graham case which took a lot longer but resulted in QCAT setting aside the QRIC disqualification of 15 months and imposing a suspension of 12 months from the date of decision...Darrell would have served his time had QCAT just dismissed his appeal.

 
https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-226.pdf


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