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« 2019-Aug-30, 06:05 PM Reply #525 »
Sunshine Coast Jockey Matthew Powell admits to fake urine sample

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has disqualified Sunshine Coast jockey Matthew Powell after he admitted to providing a fake urine sample on two occasions.

Mr Powell pleaded guilty to two breaches of AR139(1)(b) at a Stewards Inquiry held yesterday, 29 August and will serve a one year disqualification for each breach, to be served at the same time, expiring on 29 August 2020.

AR139(1)(b) A rider breaches these Australian Rules if: (b) the rider refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes, or in any way hinders the collection of, a sample or attempts to do any of those things.

Analysts found the sample Mr Powell provided was not consistent with human urine.

He admitted he substituted samples with synthetic urine on 4 August 2019 and 11 August, 2019.

If Jockey Powell demonstrates he has undertaken a sufficient course of drug rehabilitation and education, Stewards will permit him to reapply for a jockey licence on 29 May 2020 and be permitted to serve the remaining three months of his disqualification as a suspension from riding.

Rockhampton tests all clear

The Integrity Investigations Team and QRIC Stewards conducted a human sampling operation this morning at the Rockhampton Racecourse.

Fifteen participants including track work riders, jockeys and trainers were tested and there were no positive tests recorded.

The Commission’s no notice testing program occurs across the state and can take place at any time.

ENDS.

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« 2019-Sep-02, 09:33 PM Reply #526 »
Another couple edge closer to   D Day with another Directions Hearing ........how much longer before the Guvment takes the bit between its teeff and scrubs QCAt like Andrews and Pakula did to VCAT in Victoria.

John Charles Pointon v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR194-18 Directions Hearing 03/09/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Donald John Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR001-18 Directions Hearing 03/09/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Both of the above named have been listed for DH at least once before you would think once would be enough. :o


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« 2019-Sep-05, 09:50 AM Reply #527 »
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-02-September-Stewards-Report-Harry-Richardson-Smokey-Diamond.pdf

HARRY RICHARDSON OUTED ON COBALT CHARGE
Thursday 05 September, 2019
AAP Report
Mark Oberhardt
Veteran Toowoomba trainer Harry Richardson has been suspended for nine months after Smokey Diamond was found to have illegal cobalt levels cobalt in urine samples on three occasions.
Stewards opened an inquiry after cobalt was detected in samples from Smokey Diamond at Ipswich on January 5, Ipswich January 24 and the Sunshine Coast on February 10.
Richardson was charged with presenting a horse to race with cobalt levels above the permitted level.
He pleaded not guilty and explained that Smokey Diamond was fractious when travelling to the races and he had an ongoing issue with the gelding frequently becoming fractious and dehydrated.
He believed it could have contributed to the cobalt levels.
Stewards found that the cobalt levels could not be achieved by the gelding's fractious behaviour.
The panel was also of the opinion that any dehydration of the gelding would not have been a reason.
Richardson was found guilty and suspended for nine months starting immediately.
Stewards noted he had a previously unblemished record over 50 years as a trainer.
ENDS
Smokey has struck some form very consistent.
 https://www.racenet.com.au/horse/smokey-diamond

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« 2019-Sep-05, 06:54 PM Reply #528 »
Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards’ Report – Minonette Kennedy & Corey Bayliss
Date – 29 August 2019
Panel – J Williamson, P Chadwick & D Aurisch
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC ) Stewards today inquired into an incident which occurred at
the Racing Queensland Apprentice school on Monday 19 August, 2019
Video and audio evidence of the incident was tendered by Stewards and evidence was taken from Racing
Queensland Senior Coach Mr Shane Scriven, Apprentice Corey Bayliss in the presence of his master Mr Barry
Lockwood and Apprentice Minonette Kennedy in the presence of her master Mr Tim Hurley.
After considering this evidence it was established that a verbal altercation occurred between these two
apprentices, whilst apprentice school was being conducted.
Both apprentices pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a), which reads:
“A jockey or apprentice jockey must not: engage in misconduct”
The particulars being, that both apprentices misconducted themselves during Apprentice School on 19 August
2019, at Racing Queensland Offices, Deagon, used profanities, directed inappropriate and inflammatory
remarks toward a fellow apprentice and their conduct caused a major disruption in the conduct of Apprentice
School.
In determining penalty, Stewards were mindful of both Apprentices guilty pleas, forthright evidence, personal
circumstances, disciplinary history and penalty precedents.
Stewards suspended the licenses’ of both Apprentice Bayliss and Apprentice Kennedy to ride in races for a
period of two weeks and both were issued with a fine of $1000. However, acting under the powers of
AR283(5) 1 week of the suspension and $500 of the fine was suspended from each penalty for a period of 12
months on the condition that neither Apprentice breaches this rule or a rule of similar nature during this
period.
Both apprentices were advised of their rights to an internal review
ENDS

Blackboard Jungle remember the movie Bill Haley & The Comets ROck Around The Clock at the Tivoli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgdufzXvjqw

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« 2019-Sep-09, 07:46 AM Reply #529 »
Jockeys drug test drama
NATHAN EXELBY
 

TEST CASE: Matt McGillivray (left) and Dale Smith.
 
JOCKEYS Matt McGillivray and Dale Smith face a nervous time ahead of a stewards inquiry today after being stood down on Saturday night having been unable to provide a urine sample as part of random drug testing.

The pair waited until 7pm at Eagle Farm on Saturday trying to provide a sample.

When they couldn’t, they offered to drive to the Sunshine Coast races yesterday, providing the sample they couldn’t the night before.

McGillivray had to forfeit rides at Caloundra yesterday and an inquiry has been scheduled for today.

Responding to calls from jockeys to have more random drug tests, members of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission were at Eagle Farm on Saturday, where they tested all jockeys.

After wasting to ride at the meeting, McGillivray and Smith were unable to supply a sample, despite trying for a considerable time after the last race.

McGillivray said he lost 4kg between 6pm Friday afternoon and fulfilling engagements at Eagle Farm.

“I drank 2.4 litres of water after my last ride, but because our stomachs shrink so much, we feel sick when we drink that much, so you have to drink it slowly,” McGillivray said.
“It wasn’t until late that night that I could (urinate).”

A request was made to provide blood, but the jockeys were told testing procedures for blood are not yet in place.

It is believed that thresholds for some substances are set at different levels by QML than those by racing authorities.

Chief steward Peter Chadwick said that under the rules of racing stewards had no option but to stand McGillivray and Smith down immediately.

Smith said his body was in shutdown because of “severe wasting” and that he had taken minimal fluids for two days.

“I was unable to provide a sample and I advised (stewards) my body could take many hours,” Smith said.

“At 6pm we were told we had one more hour, at 7pm, they said ‘Five more minutes’ and then they told us we could go home. I asked if I could give blood at a hospital.

“They said there was no provision for that and we were advised the matter would be dealt with on Monday.”

“My manager (Cameron Partington) called the chief steward to try to arrange the most immediate opportunity to provide a sample and we were advised it was the next race meeting and we asked for the earliest possible time.”

Jake Bayliss also was there for some time after the last, but eventually was able to provide testers with a sample shortly before 7pm.

ENDS

Pretty tough day being held back until around 7pm and very frustrating for all concerned not just the riders you would think the offer to drive to Caloundra on Sunday would have been a sensible solution rather than having to wait until today when hopefully both will arrive with full bladders.

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« 2019-Sep-09, 07:00 PM Reply #530 »
MCGILLIVRAY, SMITH REMAIN STOOD DOWN
Monday 09 September, 2019
Mark Oberhardt

Matt McGillivray (above) and Dale Smith remain stood down after being unable to give urine samples.

Senior Brisbane riders Matt McGillivray and Dale Smith will remain sidelined after an inquiry into their failure to give urine samples at Eagle Farm.

Stewards stood the pair down on Saturday and ordered them to provide samples at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday and then front an inquiry on Monday.

Both cited dehydration from wasting and drinking minimal fluids and asked for blood tests to be taken but that option is not available to stewards.

Tests were carried out on all jockeys at Saturday's Eagle Farm meeting but McGillivray and Smith were unable to provide samples even after stewards gave them until 7pm.

They both produced samples on Sunday.

Chief steward Peter Chadwick said Monday's Inquiry determined both jockeys would remain stood down until the analyst's results were returned from Sunday's tests.

It is understood the test results should be known by the end of the week.

Chadwick said Saturday's testing was part of a QRIC operation with all jockeys riding at Eagle Farm directed to provide samples within an hour of their last ride.

QRIC Integrity Investigations Team and stewards conducted further testing of riders at Eagle Farm and Doomben trackwork on Monday morning.

Chadwick said as a result of the operation four riders were found to be unlicensed.

Eighteen samples were sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited and two samples taken on Monday will be subject to further testing but no riders were stood down.

ENDS

If QML is the lab the test results would be known within two working days three at the most.


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« 2019-Sep-10, 11:50 AM Reply #531 »
Another trip to the city for the following licence holders for another Directions Hearing at QCAT

Peter Noel Bradford v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR240-18 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

William Bruce Elson v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR020-19 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Kelly Doughty v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR301-18 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Jason Edwards v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR089-18 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 10/09/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Some have been through this process before hope for their sake this will nail it ........question is why is it necessary to require repeat proceedings...you would think once would be enough.

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« 2019-Sep-11, 07:46 PM Reply #532 »
Something is missing in the reporting of Internal Reviews nothing for months either there's no work to be done with licensees all accepting their punishment or the reviewer is falling behind and the stewards inquiry into the late scratching of Sailor Gerri on 31 July is still to be finalised or the outcome revealed it appears since that date the horse according to Racenet has had a change of stables.

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« 2019-Sep-11, 08:16 PM Reply #533 »


 Go-somewhere- else!

 'Participants' in racing in Queensland should be getting the message that they are a drain on the states coffers and should ply their trade elsewhere.

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« 2019-Sep-12, 10:24 AM Reply #534 »
You haven't got the hint to go elsewhere. Why should anyone else?

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« 2019-Sep-12, 09:06 PM Reply #535 »
Bryan Jeffery Dais v Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission OCR111-19 Compulsory Conference 13/09/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

A Compulsory con Costs QRIC something in the order of $850 for the privilege........hopefully it's worth the effort.

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« 2019-Sep-17, 04:12 PM Reply #536 »
TRAINER BEN CURRIE'S FRAUD CASE ADJOURNED
Monday 16 September, 2019
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie's fraud case has been adjourned in the Toowoomba Magistrate's Court.
Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his charges on alleged fraud adjourned again.

Currie's case was Listed in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday but he did not have to appear.

The case was adjourned until October 18 for a committal mention.

Currie has been charged with aggravated fraud between November 2016 and March this year.

Police have previously alleged Currie obtained prize money by using unregulated supplements which helped horses performances.

He has not been asked to enter a plea.

Currie is currently disqualified from training for six years and three months on numerous racing charges and faces more but they will not be resolved until after his fraud offences are resolved.

ENDS
It has been reported previously that two other persons were arrested and charged Denis Holbeck and David Litzow both were bailed to appear separately in Magistrates Courts back in July surprisingly there's no further word on where the cases against them stand......it was originally reported that there would likely be more arrests but to date no further or better particulars has been published.
Previously reported.....

Two more zapped in Currie saga
NATHAN EXELBY

FOLLOWING the arrest of thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie on Tuesday on charges of using an unregulated horse supplement, two more arrests have been made.

Denis Holbeck was charged with one count of aggravated fraud and bailed to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16.

David Litzow was charged with the same offence and faces Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15.

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

The charges followed Currie’s arrest in what police allege was “systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November 2016 and March 2019, by sourcing “an unregulated horse supplement designed to enhance race performance”.

Currie is prevented from training after accumulating a total disqualification period of 7½ years for offences ranging from alleged use of electrical devices, race-day treatments and a number of swab irregularities, including the presence of cocaine in two of his horses.

The original report......

MORE ARRESTS LIKELY
Nathan exelby in the Sunday Mail
THE three arrests made last week by police on charges relating to aggravated fraud are unlikely to be the last in this investigation.

Ben Currie was charged on Tuesday, and then another two Queensland men later that day.

The charges are part of Operation Quebec Creed, an investigation into “suspected doping practices by a network of people involved in the thoroughbred racing industry.”

Police have cast a wide net and it’s anticipated the fallout will not be restricted only to Queensland.

Currie is the highest profile person arrested since the Racing Crime Squad came into being as an extension to the establishment of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

It came to prominence a couple of years back with a suite of arrests made under Match Fixing laws in the harness racing industry.

Though there was much fanfare when those arrests were made and there was a guilty plea from Barton Cockburn, many of the other cases fell over, with a lack of evidence cited.

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« 2019-Sep-18, 05:49 PM Reply #537 »
Stewards’ Report QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: Brad Witt Date: 18 September 2019
Panel: P Chadwick, D Aurisch & P Mclean Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC )
Stewards today inquired into a urine sample provided by Trainer Brad Witt at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday 14 September 2019. Mr Witt pleaded guilty to a charge under AR 139(1)(b), which reads: AR 139 (1) “A rider breaches these Australian Rules if: (b) the rider refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes, or in any way hinders the collection of, a sample or attempts to do any of those things.”

The particulars being “That on Saturday 14 September 2019 at the Gold Coast Turf Club, whilst riding trackwork and being directed to provide a sample, he substituted a urine sample purported to be his own, which in fact was a urine sample from another person”
In determining penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr Witt’s guilty plea, forthright evidence, his personal circumstances, disciplinary history and penalty precedents.

Furthermore, the deterrent effect of penalties must be sufficient to prevent likeminded individuals from considering such a course of action when faced with similar circumstances.
Stewards disqualified Mr Witt for twelve months for the breach of AR 139(1)(b). Acting under the provision of AR 283 (7)(8) Stewards deferred the commencement of the disqualification for a period of 7 days during which, in respect of the horses currently under his care that he must ensure he provide adequate care to these horses pending other suitable arrangements for their care and transfer.

 In addition he would not be permitted to start this horses in any race or use any training track. The disqualification will take effect from 25 September 2019 to 24 September 2020.
Mr Witt was advised of his rights to an internal review.
ENDS

Another battling trainer with a handful of moderates.......he apparently thought he could avoid detection by using someone else's sample ....probably would have been treated more leniently by suppling his own sample even  if some prohibited substance was found....too late now although has the option of the internal review.

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« 2019-Sep-20, 10:02 AM Reply #538 »
Hoops wait on results
NATHAN EXELBY

STEWARDS are still waiting on results from a drug test taken on September 8 to determine if Dale Smith and Matt McGillivray can return to riding at Eagle Farm tomorrow.

The pair were stood down, pending the result of a urine test, after being unable to provide a sample a fortnight ago.

Both jockeys drove to the Sunshine Coast the following day to provide a sample but, at a subsequent stewards inquiry, it was determined they would be stood down until the result comes back clear.

Smith and McGillivray have accepted rides for Eagle Farm tomorrow, but stewards said if the laboratory results were not returned by 5pm today, the jockeys would remain stood down and unable to fulfil the engagements for which they are committed.

If a result does come back today, it is understood they will be cleared to ride.

› FORMER champion apprentice Tiffani Brooker was disqualified for nine months yesterday after testing positive to a banned substance.

Stewards said the disqualification would be reduced to six months if she undertakes a number of measures to satisfy them the instance would not occur again.

ENDS

There must be a long waiting list at the Lab for RAB to take this long to test both samples...... if both riders were private patients a GP's reference to QML or S&N would have taken no more than two or three working days to test and return the results ............this really is unacceptable QRIC should take it's business elsewhere.

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« 2019-Sep-20, 06:53 PM Reply #539 »
Track work rider Scott Hillebrand gets 4 months after urine test showed positive to metabolites of coke and Tiffany Brooker out for 9 months after testing positive to a combination of prohibited substances.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-19-September-Stewards-Report-Tiffani-Brooker.pdf



https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-15-September-Stewards-Report-Scott-Hillebrand.pdf

Both are entitled to question the decision and or penalty at an Internal Review.

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« 2019-Sep-21, 10:37 AM Reply #540 »
All clear for jockeys Dale Smith and Matt McGillivray no prohibited substances in the tests free to ride after a fortnight's stand down awaiting lab test results.

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« 2019-Sep-24, 04:50 PM Reply #542 »
QUEENSLAND COBALT INQUIRIES TO GO AHEAD
Tuesday 24 September, 2019
 
Qld Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett says unresolved cobalt inquiries wil go ahead.

Several outstanding cobalt inquiries in Queensland will be dealt with according to the current rules despite the Australian Trainers' Association calling for a review of the science relating to the substance.

Queensland Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett said Racing Australia had advised him it had not resolved to review the situation and as such any inquiries would go ahead.

Barnett quoted part of a letter from RA chief executive Barry O'Farrell.
"I write to advise that Racing Australia's August Board meeting did not determine to initiate a review into cobalt "...including inter alia, matters that surround the science, laboratory testing procedures and penalties..." or take any action which justifies the Australian Trainer's Association's (ATA) request for a suspension/deferral by Principal Racing Authorities /integrity bodies of charges/cases relating to cobalt," O'Farrell said.


Barnett said O'Farrell had been clear that "RA has not determined to initiate a review into cobalt, it has however established a working party of veterinarians and analysts to provide the RA Board with advice on the following issues only;
The merits of a total ban on the use of injectable products containing cobalt salts; and
cobalt regulation in relation to out of competition testing."


Barnett said he supported RA's approach which was to remove the emotion, seek expert advice and establish the facts to enable its board to make an informed decision.
"The national racing bodies set the rules of racing and it is the role of the Commission to enforce them," he said.

Several Victorian trainers have also called for a review of the science and testing surrounding cobalt which has a national threshold of 100mcg/L.

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« 2019-Sep-29, 07:20 PM Reply #543 »
QCAT Tribunal hearing tomorrow Ray Law harness licensee .

Raymond Law v Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission OCR309-19 Tribunal Hearing 30/09/2019 10:30 AM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane.

This is a much improved time frame in setting down his case it wasn't so long ago that he was penalised.
Previous on this incident
Harness Trainer/Driver Ray Law disqualified for two years

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have disqualified West Brisbane harness racing Trainer/Driver Ray Law for two years after finding him guilty of improper behaviour.

Stewards inquired yesterday into a physical altercation outside the steward’s room and in the birdcage area at Albion Park. Mr Law also made verbal threats to QRIC officials during the incident.

The incident occurred after the running of race 5 at Albion Park on 11 June 2019 when Mr Law’s horse Golddigger Girl was first past the post, but was relegated to fourth after a protest hearing.

The Stewards ruled that Mr Law was the instigator of the altercation, he failed to abide by the directions of the Stewards and engaged in improper behaviour towards officials and other harness racing participants.

The two year disqualification effective immediately, was handed down for breaching AHR 240 (c) to ensure it served as a deterrent to others and demonstrated that improper behaviour towards officials and licensed participants would not be tolerated.

Harness Stewards will consider reducing the two year disqualification to 18 months if Mr Law can provide documented proof that he has reformed his behaviour.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/harness/meeting/albi/20190611/race/5

Watching the race that  Ray Law won causing interference to  Aunty Bessie it didn't appear to me to have affected the other placegetters who were promoted over RL's winner strange decision upholding the protest but no excuse for bad behaviour ever though the decision was hard for him to take.
Stewards report
 Approximately 100M from the finish when AUNTY BESSY (Matt Elkins) improved to the outside of GOLDDIGGER GIRL (Ray Law), GOLDDIGGER shifted outwards contacting the legs of AUNTY BESSY causing that mare to break gate, and continued to gallop to the finish line. The all clear was delayed when the connections of AUNTY BESSY advised the check in steward they wished to lodge a protest for an alleged interference in the home straight against the winner GOLDDIGER GIRL ( R Law ). After considering the evidence from the connections and reviewing the steward’s footage and acting on their own observations, upheld the protest and amended the places accordingly. In assessing the protest stewards were of the opinion that  the interference to AUNTY BESSY which was making ground on GOLD DIGGER at that point was sufficient to uphold the protest as they felt if there was no interference AUNTY BESSY would have beaten GOLDDIGGER GIRL. The all clear was given on the amended numbers. Both drivers were advised they would be required to return to the stewards room to complete the inquiry into this incident however, Mr Law advised he would not return to the stewards room, this matter has not been finalised and will be completed at a later date.

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« 2019-Sep-30, 04:25 PM Reply #544 »
Stewards’ Report QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards Report: D’Avila & Potiris
Date: 25 September 2019
Panel: Mr P. Gillard, Mr P. Lane

QRIC Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report, in that Irish Heart was alleged to have
suffered a bleeding attack following its run at Mount Garnet, 3/05/2019, Race 5 BM 60 – 1680M.

After stewards considered all evidence and further statements from trainer S. Potiris and jockey W.
D’Avila. Mr Potiris was issued with a charged under AR 79 (2) and subsequently pleaded guilty in that
he failed to report to stewards the presence of blood in the nostril area of Irish Heart following the
race and was fined the sum of $1000.00. Mr Potiris, was further advised Irish Heart would incur the
mandatory ban under AR 79 (4) (a) (b).

Mr D’Avila was issued with a charged under AR 114 (2) (a) and subsequently pleaded guilty in that he
failed to report to stewards the condition of Irish Heart of the presence of blood in the nostril area
after being advised of that condition following the race and was fined the sum of $300.00.
Both Mr Potiris and Mr D’Avila, were advised of their review rights.

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« 2019-Sep-30, 05:02 PM Reply #545 »
Positive swab Cobalt again way back in 2017 from one of Leigh and James Wanless stable finally makes it to QCAT the issue is disputed testimoney over the swabbing protocol results in the learned member accepting the evidence of James Wanless over that of the swabbing attendant .......decision of QRIC overturned
 (QCAT mistakenly named James Wanlerss who was not charged Leigh Wanless is the successful applicant.)

Stewards Report covered the disputed process ..allegedly not rinsing the bottles....the Internal Review is nowhere to be found the Archives are relatively brief.

  https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018_19_April_Stewards_Report_Leigh-Wanless.pdf

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-284.pdf


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« 2019-Sep-30, 06:12 PM Reply #546 »
Ray Law's case set down again for hearing tomorrow afternoon at 1.30 Hearing Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane was listed to start today so presumably part heard.

John Charles Pointon v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR194-18 Directions Hearing 01/10/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 01/10/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Messrs Pointon & Finch won't get lost finding their way to QCAT they have been there before and more than once if my memory serves me right.....these call backs must be very frustrating and possibly expensive for all parties.

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« 2019-Oct-02, 08:07 PM Reply #547 »
QRIC Annual report was tabled in Parliament on 27 September and is available for download for those interested it's a very comprehensive account of the commissions' activities for the 12 months to 30 June 2019.
The report states there are 208 current welfare and integrity issues outstanding as at 30June and that since Jan 2018 462 investigations have been finalised.

1525 original decisions were made by stewards of which only 102 sought Internal review of those 23 were amended 96% were confirmed of the 40 external reviews submitted to QCAT 27 were finalised 6 in favour of the applicant 2 amended 4 set aside and the remaining 15 settled between the applicant and QRIC.

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2019/5619T1630.pdf

The Racing Crime Squad

"QPS Racing Crime Squad Our partnership with the QRCS continues to deliver outstanding integrity outcomes for the Queensland racing industry. In 2018-19, 38 offenders were charged with 173 offences. Since the inception of the Commission on 1 July 2016, the QRCS has charged 81 offenders with 260 offences. The QRCS continues to investigate matters of serious animal cruelty, major and organised crime (including fraud and race fixing), and any other statutory offences relating to licensed persons across the three codes of racing in Queensland.

The most significant investigation conducted by the QRCS in 2018-19 was Operation Quebec Creed. In May 2018, Operation Quebec Creed was established to address allegations of match fixing conduct and associated illegal race day treatment practices. The investigation uncovered the involvement of two other industry participants, and their roles in the production, supply and dishonest application of unregulated horse products to licensed thoroughbred horses.
 As a result of the investigation to date, three industry participants have been charged with fraud with the period of offending being between 30 November 2016 and 6 March 2019. The participants remain before the courts.

Of those prosecutions commenced by QRCS as a result of the initial greyhound live-baiting investigation, one remains before the courts. During 2018-19, 10 prosecutions relating to animal cruelty/breach of duty of care have been commenced by the QRCS with eight finalised and four persons found guilty."

The foregoing extract while praising the efforts of the Racing Crime Squad  (38 offenders charged with  173 offences) the report fails to provide details of the outcome obviously some are still unfinished but from what the media has reported convictions are light on the ground.

Apart from that  QRIC gets a pass mark for its otherwise detailed accounting toParliament and the taxpayers who fund it.

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« Last Edit: 2019-Oct-02, 09:21 PM by Arsenal »

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« 2019-Oct-04, 08:58 PM Reply #548 »
Ben Ahrens case Internal Review result breach of R178 absent reasons for the decision hardly overworked is the internal Reviewer that he couldn't jot down the how and why he came to this decision.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BEN-AHRENS-IR0079-19.pdf


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« 2019-Oct-04, 09:06 PM Reply #549 »
Cruelty charges dropped


NATHAN EXELBY

COUNTRY Racing ambassador Stan Johnston has had animal cruelty charges laid against him last October withdrawn in an affair that has cost him almost $100,000.

Johnston, of Craiglea Stud, Kenilworth, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty after it was alleged he gelded two thoroughbred colts “without preparatory pain relief”.

He vigorously denied the accusation and this week prosecutors decided not to proceed with the case. Johnston’s daughter Krystle, who was charged at the same time for possessing a prohibited item, also had charges withdrawn.

The Johnstons are the latest racing participants to beat criminal charges laid by the Queensland Racing Crime Squad (QRCS), following the successful defence by several harness racing participants against match fixing and fraud charges.

The Johnstons were charged after a series of investigations by the QRCS, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) and QRIC principal veterinarian Martin Lenz.

Johnston deferred comment on the matter to his legal representative Peter Boyce, but it is believed he has spent close to six figures on his defence since he was charged.

“It’s been very stressful for the whole family unit,” Boyce said.

“The one thing that is clear is that Stan is not a man that is cruel to animals and in fact goes to the opposite end of the scale to make sure his animals are well cared for and protected.

“Then you have his community involvement and the care he has shown at his own expense to make sure those who are suffering hard times, particularly out west, have been the beneficiaries of his marshalling of the troops and his own generosity.

“He himself spends thousands of dollars in making sure those people who are going through hard times are well and truly looked after.

“Once you get to know Stan you know the furthest thing from his make-up is to be anything other than kind to people and animals, so it was a huge shock for him to be hit with such a charge.

“He has such a good name it’s really sad to see his name dragged through the mud.

“When a person of such good quality finds themselves in his position, it makes it even more difficult to accept or understand why it happened.”

Charges issued against Rocky trainer John Pointon at the same time as Johnston are still before the court, but discussions are continuing.

Boyce praised prosecutors for choosing not to proceed once the material had been reviewed, but said someone should be held accountable for the damage failed charges do to those falsely accused.

When the charges were laid last year, the Queensland Police Service put out a media release, which was posted on the QRIC website, but no public announcement has been made since the charges were withdrawn this week.

QRIC declined to comment on the matter, because it was a QPS case.

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