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« 2020-Jun-03, 08:14 PM Reply #675 »
Kym Allan Afford v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR061-20 Compulsory Conference 04/06/2020 1:30 PM Room 17

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« 2020-Jun-04, 07:43 PM Reply #676 »
Recent decisions from QRIC stewards following inquiries into positive swabs
Ben Ahrens fined $3K for positive to ACECLOFENAC from Lake Hillier
 
Alex Malliff fined $2K for positive to  DEXAMETHASONE from Ruler

Roy Chillemi fined $2K for positive to DEXAMETHASONE  from Intense Focus

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

All have the right to seek an Internal Review

Although it's a blank canvas on the QRIC website  with no reports on IR decisions since February/March.... Mr Ashby either has no work to do or is so far behind that he is overworked and needs to catch up............maybe he's been stood down due to the COVID-19 ...very hard to imagine that's the case and the decisions such as they are don't  give reasons which is most unsatisfactory and is an affront to the public's right to know.

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« 2020-Jun-05, 06:05 PM Reply #677 »
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT Doomben Wednesday

"Trainer Mr B. Loakes was interviewed regarding his permit to train at Eagle Farm and being stabled on course at Eagle Farm. Stewards, when considering the direction from the BRC on 20 May, advised Mr Loakes that he would be required to vacate those stables no later than 6:00 pm Saturday 6 June 2020."

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According to a report on LGHR Mr Loakes has found alternative stabling for his small team of 6 gallopers but he can't access it until 20th June the stewards decision forcing him to vacate by tomorrow on the face of it seems an unreasonable decision one which he would be entitled to seek an internal review and if necessary to apply for a stay of proceedings.

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« 2020-Jun-05, 07:26 PM Reply #678 »
Arsenal ,  Have a look at the Lets Go Horse Racing Site and you will see the full story. Also a very good assessment of the absolute morons who run Queensland Racing.

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« 2020-Jun-05, 07:39 PM Reply #679 »



.... just wait for the 'dividends' tomorrow...... to ram the message home!

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« 2020-Jun-05, 10:39 PM Reply #680 »
Sean Cormack v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR402-19 Compulsory Conference 08/06/2020 1:30 PM Room 17

Another $825 from QRIC's cash register plus whatever the applicant is up for.

In my day compulsory conferences in the Industrial Commission involved efforts to settle a dispute or a threatened strike and there weren't any costs to either side but that was long ago in the Stardust of my memory as the song goes.

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« 2020-Jun-09, 02:38 PM Reply #681 »
Latest release of Internal Review decisions dating back to March which have now belatedly made it to the QRIC website.... not that you get much information certainly no  reasons for decision which makes it a pointless exercise.................. why this is the case ...... all other racing jurisdictions publish detailed reasons for decisions...but not in QLD.... you would think QRIC need as many friends as they can get...... for if by chance the LNP .....with the support on the minor parties at the forthcoming election.... make a major political revival and fluke a victory it's likely that QRIC will be on their hit list and if so they will have brought it on themselves as they could have done so much better.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/

Stewards decisions make it to the website in record time but don't bother contacting them for information you'll be ignored.

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

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« 2020-Jun-09, 03:27 PM Reply #682 »
It is pathetic that no reasons for decisions are made public.
They are available in EVERY other racing juristiction except Queensland. You have to ask WHY?
QRIC do themselves no favours by keeping Internal review decisions a closed shop.
Certainly does nothing to enhance the dubious reputation of the industry in this state.

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« 2020-Jun-12, 11:47 AM Reply #683 »
It is pathetic that no reasons for decisions are made public.
They are available in EVERY other racing juristiction except Queensland. You have to ask WHY?
QRIC do themselves no favours by keeping Internal review decisions a closed shop.
Certainly does nothing to enhance the dubious reputation of the industry in this state.

  Probably arises from the Plodders attitude that if you don't make the ammo then you can't be shot?  You're correct almost all other jurisdictions see Reports on steward's actions and appeals are available on-line.  These are always informative and often educational for those who care to read.  Oh, but not in Queensland.  With all that sunshine, why does QRIC try and keep you in the dark?

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« 2020-Jun-15, 08:36 AM Reply #684 »
Luke Ronald Tarrant v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR139-20 Tribunal Hearing 15/06/2020 9:30 AM Room 5

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 Monday 15 June, 2020
Mark Oberhardt

Queensland jockey Luke Tarrant has been granted a stay on his six-month disqualification for allegedly assaulting another rider in the weigh-in area at Doomben.

Tarrant has missed riding in the winter carnival after being disqualified on April 22.

An internal review confirmed the stewards decision last month but Tarrant lodged an appeal with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Tarrant sought a stay of the disqualification until his QCAT appeal was finalised.

Stewards opposed the stay application but on Monday QCAT granted it.

The stay will remain in place until the appeal is resolved and is subject to Tarrant filing more material by next Monday.

Tarrant was disqualified for six months after he was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with jockey Larry Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales.

It was alleged Tarrant had head-butted Cassidy while Tarrant was wearing his helmet.

The stay means Tarrant can resume riding for the time being.
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This is what happened on the day as reported previously

Race 9: SHOW A HEART BENCHMARK 75 H'CAP – 1200M
 
CORAL BAY – Slow to begin.
 
BERING SEA – Slow to begin.
 
RAMTASTIC – Slow to begin.
 
COPYWRITER – Checked near the 1100m. After stewards considered the evidence provided, jockey A. Allen, the rider of ALL IMPORTANT, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he shifted his mount in near the 1100m at an acute angle, tightening the running of HOLLABACK GIRL, forcing that horse in on to MOONAN JOYCE, which in turn was forced in on to the rightful running of COPYWRITER, causing that horse to be checked. Jockey Allan’s licence to ride in races was suspended for 16 days, commencing midnight Saturday 25 April and expiring midnight Monday 11 May 2020.
 
HOLLABACK GIRL – Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to MOONAN JOYCE.
 
MOONAN JOYCE – Overraced for a short distance near the 900m. Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to COPYWRITER.
 
Jockey L. Tarrant pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a) in that he misconducted himself after being involved in a verbal altercation with jockey L. Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales area by head-butting jockey Cassidy, resulting in his helmet making contact with the nose of jockey Cassidy and causing jockey Cassidy an injury. Jockey Tarrant was disqualified for a period of 6 months, commencing immediately and to expire on Thursday 22 October 2020. In considering penalty, stewards took into account the significant contact to jockey Cassidy and also the breach of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols currently in place, and the potential for his actions to have an adverse effect on the racing industry.
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Tarrant obviously overreacted following a verbal exchange with Cassidy ....Tarrant was on Copywriter which did receive a check  in the backwash from Moonan Joyce ridden by Cassidy which took Copywriter's running...while provocation is a defence.... it remains to be seen if the head butt was a reasonable response to the verbal exchange...without knowing what was said by either I doubt it would justify one head butting the other
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Strange decision IMO to grant a stay since he pleaded guilty as there's no dispute about the head butting ....which leaves the only possibilty that his appeal is against the severity of the penalty......whether too much or not enough.
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« 2020-Jun-18, 10:34 AM Reply #685 »
Police seize items after Downs raid
NATHAN EXELBY

INTEGRITY commissioner Ross Barnett said Tuesday’s police raid at separate premises in Toowoomba will have no impact on any industry licensees at this stage.

Police released a statement on Tuesday confirming they had attended at least one property, after which a number of items were seized and taken for further analysis, but no arrests had been made.

“QRIC is aware that investigators from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) executed search warrants at separate premises and a residence in Toowoomba in relation to a current investigation of alleged fraudulent practices by persons (based in Toowoomba) involved in the thoroughbred racing industry,” Barnett said yesterday.

“While this is not the Commission’s investigation, there has been no impact on licensees in the racing industry at this stage.”

Asked if QRIC was conducting an investigation into activities of any racing stable in Toowoomba at the present time, Barnett said he “would not discuss any ongoing investigations around the state, including Toowoomba.”

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LGHR ran a story  yesterday about the raid reportedly on Sears stable in Toowoomba and Charlton on Tuesday whatever it is the police  found hasn't resulted in any arrests or charges.

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« 2020-Jun-19, 09:51 AM Reply #686 »
Trainer points the finger



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A RACEHORSE that tested positive for testosterone after racing under a Toowoomba trainer could have been contaminated while with a “notorious doper” two weeks earlier, a tribunal has been told.

Ben Currie is seeking a review of disqualifications imposed after racehorse Shakira tested positive for excess testosterone, and D r e a m s c o p e and Eight Over were found with cocaine in their systems. Mr Currie (pictured) was disqualified for 27 months a year ago, after an internal review of a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards’ disqualification decision.

Lawyer Scott McLeod, for QRIC, yesterday asked a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal member to still impose a total 18 months’ disqualification.

But Jim Murdoch QC, for Mr Currie, said Mr Currie should have been fined instead of disqualified.

He said if the member decided to still disqualify Mr Currie, it should be for no more than the 12 months’ disqualification he had already served.

Mr Murdoch said two weeks before Shakira tested positive for testosterone, at Toowoomba in 2018, the horse had been in the stable of Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon. He said Mr Smerdon was “a serial horse doper” who had since been excluded from racing for life.

Tribunal member Robert King-Scott put to Mr McLeod that as the horse came from a “notorious doper trainer” in Victoria, it was more likely the substance got into the horse there than in Queensland.

But Mr McLeod said it was “pure speculation” and it could not be discounted that the substance was given to the horse at Mr Currie’s stable.

Mr Murdoch said normally racehorses tested positive for cocaine because of human contact or environmental contamination.

It was not just his staff, but race club and QRIC employees who could have had contact with the horse on race day, and some people within the racing industry used cocaine, he said.

Mr McLeod said the onus was on a trainer to ensure a horse was free of any prohibited substances on race days. The member reserved his decision.

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« 2020-Jun-21, 05:32 PM Reply #687 »
Qld integrity boss: Delay in John O'Shea charge is 'not acceptable'

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11:01AM 21 June 2020

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett has conceded the lengthy delay it took stewards to bring a prohibited substances charge against Sydney trainer John O'Shea is not acceptable.

It emerged on Friday that O’Shea has been charged by Queensland stewards for presenting Pretty In Pink to race with the party drug ice in its system when winning the Group II Moreton Cup during last year's winter carnival.

Stewards have called for submissions from O’Shea for an inquiry after a positive swab to the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine was taken from Pretty in Pink on June 1, 2019.

O’Shea has not been charged with administration of the prohibited substance.

It has taken over a year for the matter to progress this far and Barnett admits that is simply not good enough.

"The lengthy delay in the matter of trainer John O’Shea and his prohibited substances charge is not acceptable and the issuing of this charge has taken far longer that it should have," Barnett said, in a statement to Racenet.

"While not an excuse, there are several circumstances that have led to the delay, including the extraordinary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic which has increased the workload of the stewards across the State.

"During the COVID-19 restrictions, QRIC stewards have been exclusively focussed on working with Racing Queensland and the entire racing industry to ensure the continuation of racing during this time including adhering to restriction zones that were established around the state. 

"This support for the racing calendar has prevented the normal progression of outstanding inquiries.

"In addition to the COVID-19 pressures the stewards have had to deal with a 61 percent increase in the number of thoroughbred positive swab investigations this financial year and each one takes time to thoroughly prosecute.

"The Commission is monitoring the status of outstanding disciplinary matters to ensure inquiries are held in a more timely fashion."

There have been reports there is a belief the drug got into Pretty In Pink's system because of inadvertent contamination while stabled on the Gold Coast.

Pretty In Pink was retired to stud earlier this year.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Brave Song was the runner-up in the 2019 Moreton Cup.
Related Topics: Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Ross Barnett John O'shea

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Unacceptable delay COVID-19 is no excuse Ben Dorries did well getting Ross Barnett to respond on a Sunday not that it will alter the fact that the horse returned a positive possibly contamination from any number of people except the trainer who under the rules is responsible although in this case the horse wouldn't have had his hands on it since leaving his stables ...good luck finding whoever it was who had the drug in his/her system......you would think any proper investigation would involve establishing who had contact with the mare at the time and subjecting them to a drug test too late now 12 months later.

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« 2020-Jun-22, 07:16 PM Reply #688 »
Bryan Jeffery Dais v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR111-19 Directions Hearing 23/06/2020 9:30 AM Room 5

Mark Blackwood v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR372-19 Directions Hearing 23/06/2020 2:30 PM Room 5

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« 2020-Jun-23, 09:36 AM Reply #689 »
As has been reported previously on 15th June QCAT stayed the 6 months DQ of jockey Luke Tarrant for head butting Larry Cassidy at the weigh in scales at Doomben on 22 April subject to him filing additional material due yesterday......the matter wasn't  listed on QCAT's daily proceeding list  yesterday so I expect there were no appearances required .....You would think QCAT would inform the parties of what happened did he file and if so has the stay been confirmed or refused....he has already served 2 months from 22 April and as he pleaded guilty the only possible grounds for appeal is severity of the penalty......due to the workload at QCAT it might be months before his appeal is set down for hearing and what purpose will it achieve as by then the 6 months disqualification will be well and truly over......he hasn't ridden since 22 April and while he could take rides since the stay and unless he intends to do so there would be no point in appealling to QCAT ......currently he has no rides listed .Very strange case this DQ'd on 22 April but his stay of proceedings wasn't listed until 15th June.....The Internal Review which hasn't been published by QRIC was on 5th May and confirmed the stewards decision ...............I would have to do a refresher on the time limits for appealling a stewards decision  Internal Review and QCAT stay of proceedings...maybe QRIC will make a statement of where the matter stands assuming the have been informed  or if the question was asked of QCAT where the matter stands.

Addendum ....24/06/2020

"The review process

Once the Commission receives your application it has 20 business days to undertake a review and make a decision.

The reviewer will gather any vision, audio or other documentation including material from stewards about their reasons for their decision and the associated penalty. The reviewer will consider your evidence and that of the decision maker/s (stewards). The reviewer is able to conduct further enquiries if required and this may include talking to you or the steward involved in the matter.

Once the review is complete the Commission will communicate their ruling in writing either by email or letter. The reviewer can discard the decision, confirm the decision, amend the decision or substitute another decision.
If you want a stay of decision

An internal review does not give you a stay or delay of penalty. Any disqualification, suspension or other order will remain while the review is completed.  If you want a stay of your penalty you must apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for a stay of the penalty while you are waiting for your internal review to be completed.

It is possible for you to lodge a request for a stay of decision with QCAT immediately after lodging your internal review application to the Commission."

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« 2020-Jun-24, 06:04 PM Reply #690 »

15 Queensland racing participants charged with substance procurement breaches

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has today charged 13 thoroughbred trainers, 1 stable hand and 1 jockey from around the state with allegedly procuring substances or preparations in breach of the applicable legislation.

The alleged breaches are as a result of a state-wide investigation into the alleged procurement of substances or preparations in breach of Australian Rule of Racing 256(2)(a)(iii).

A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation.

Those charged are trainers John Zielke, Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Christopher Tapiolas, Ian Shaw, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes,  Kevin Miller, Darryl Hansen, Darryl Gardiner, Kristy Best, and Trinity Bannon, stablehand Andrew Minton and jockey Mark Barnham.

The participants have been notified and Stewards have requested submissions in writing or at an Inquiry on a date to be fixed.   

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« 2020-Jun-24, 07:07 PM Reply #691 »
Queensland trainer: 'I have not cheated' or 'robbed a bank'
Queensland trainer: 'I have not cheated' or 'robbed a bank'

Darryl Hansen. Photo: News Limited.

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1:34PM24 June 2020

Magic Millions-winning trainer Darryl Hansen has gone on the front foot to claim the charge he is facing from Queensland stewards is “very minor” and involves purchasing saline drenches from an unlicensed person.

Hansen was one of 13 trainers, and two other Queensland racing participants, charged on Wednesday with what the Queensland Racing and Integrity Commission (QRIC) said was “allegedly procuring substances or preparations in breach of the applicable legislation.”

QRIC would not release the specifics of the individual charges but Sunshine Coast trainer Hansen, who trained 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Le Chef, was happy to lay his cards on the table when he spoke to Racenet.

He said QRIC’s release had made the matter out to be “much larger than it is” and he insisted “I have not cheated.”

“I have been charged with a very minute breach of the racing rules – what I have done is purchase saline drenches from an unlicensed person,” Hansen told Racenet.

“I have bought them for years and years.

“There is no prohibited substances in them, there is no performance enhancing substance in them.

“They are given after gallops – two days pre-race.

“I have not cheated.”

Hansen said he expected to receive a “minor fine” at the conclusion of QRIC’s case against him.

“I haven’t robbed a bank,” he said. “I can’t speak for the others, but I know what I bought and QRIC know what I bought.

“It’s a minor breach of the rules.”

Saline drenches are used for post-gallop recovery and can reduce lactic acid build up in horses.

You can read Racenet’s original story about the issuing of charges against 15 Queensland racing participants HERE

Apart from Hansen, those charged for allegedly procuring substances or preparations after a statewide investigation a trainers John Zielke, Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Christopher Tapiolas, Ian Shaw, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes, Kevin Miller, Darryl Gardiner, Kristy Best, and Trinity Bannon as well as stablehand Andrew Minton and jockey Mark Barnham.

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« 2020-Jun-24, 08:32 PM Reply #692 »


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Archie Butterfly, The Gallops, The QRIC, The Trots    24th Jun 2020   
 
How to Make a Denis Doping Drench ¡V The Special Ingredients Gram by Gram, With Instructions (For Educational Purposes Only)
   

drench1234

 

Ever wondered how to make a Denis style special drench?

It¡¦s as easy as a quick trip to Woolies, thirty seconds on the scales, a minute stirring the bucket, and a minute and a half pouring down your horse¡¦s nose.

Here is the magic recipe.

160 grams Brown Sugar

160 grams Bicarbonate of Soda*

12 grams Tumeric

18 grams Lemon Eno Powder

Total cost ¡V $2.40

Denis price ¡V $20.00

* you can use up to 500g of bicarbonate of soda, but any more than 160g and you¡¦re likely to throw up a TCO2 positive if you get pre-race tested. 160g will keep you under 35.

drench123

Mix together with water in bucket.

Pour down horse¡¦s nose two hours before race using clear tube, or a piece of garden hose if you haven¡¦t got one handy.

Before you do that though, you need to give it a bleeder shot approximately 7-8 hours before race time, fluid colour pee yellow.

If you want to get all fancy, you can go the whole hog and give it the traffic light treatment, which involves one extra needle, fluid colour red.

You can work that one out for yourself.

I can¡¦t give you everything, because you might start trying it at home, and we can¡¦t have that. You might get your name splashed all over the papers, and it would embarrass your mother in front of her friends.

drench1

And it¡¦s as easy as that.

All you have to do is get away with it.

You might for a while, but all good things come to an end, and most bad things do too, and whole lot quicker.

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A Four-Legged Lottery

Always back the horse named self-interest, son. It'll be the only one trying
   

 
The Gallops
 The Trots
 The Dogs
 The Punt
 The QRIC
 Racing Queensland
 Crime
 Sport
 



Category: The Gallops
 




Archie Butterfly, The Gallops, The QRIC, The Trots    24th Jun 2020   
 
How to Make a Denis Doping Drench ¡V The Special Ingredients Gram by Gram, With Instructions (For Educational Purposes Only)
   

drench1234

 

Ever wondered how to make a Denis style special drench?

It¡¦s as easy as a quick trip to Woolies, thirty seconds on the scales, a minute stirring the bucket, and a minute and a half pouring down your horse¡¦s nose.

Here is the magic recipe.

160 grams Brown Sugar

160 grams Bicarbonate of Soda*

12 grams Tumeric

18 grams Lemon Eno Powder

Total cost ¡V $2.40

Denis price ¡V $20.00

* you can use up to 500g of bicarbonate of soda, but any more than 160g and you¡¦re likely to throw up a TCO2 positive if you get pre-race tested. 160g will keep you under 35.

drench123

Mix together with water in bucket.

Pour down horse¡¦s nose two hours before race using clear tube, or a piece of garden hose if you haven¡¦t got one handy.

Before you do that though, you need to give it a bleeder shot approximately 7-8 hours before race time, fluid colour pee yellow.

If you want to get all fancy, you can go the whole hog and give it the traffic light treatment, which involves one extra needle, fluid colour red.

You can work that one out for yourself.

I can¡¦t give you everything, because you might start trying it at home, and we can¡¦t have that. You might get your name splashed all over the papers, and it would embarrass your mother in front of her friends.

drench1

And it¡¦s as easy as that.

All you have to do is get away with it.

You might for a while, but all good things come to an end, and most bad things do too, and whole lot quicker.

drench12


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The Gallops, The QRIC    24th Jun 2020   
 
Wanna Know the Real Funny Thing? ¡V All Those Denis Holbeck Drench Cheat Clients Charged Today Were Mainly Sold Duds ¡V Ah, the Old Mock Auctions ¡V Some Great Scams Never Die ¡V And There is a Sucker Born Every Day, Two in the Beef City
   







Denis has obviously been wronged. This animal lover loves sticking tubes down horses noses to "aid their recovery" I have played a fair deal of Sport in my time , but if anyone came near me with  a tube or even a garden hose to stick down my nose before or after a game I might be a tad cheesed off. It surprises me because Dennis has such a history of playing within the rules .












 
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The Gallops, The QRIC    24th Jun 2020   
 
Wanna Know the Real Funny Thing? ¡V All Those Denis Holbeck Drench Cheat Clients Charged Today Were Mainly Sold Duds ¡V Ah, the Old Mock Auctions ¡V Some Great Scams Never Die ¡V And There is a Sucker Born Every Day, Two in the Beef City
   




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« 2020-Jun-24, 08:36 PM Reply #693 »
PS- must ask Roger Federer how often he has the tube stuck down the nose ? What rot

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« 2020-Jun-24, 08:51 PM Reply #694 »
Djokovic might be getting a few shoved down his nose in the near future  :rant:

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« 2020-Jun-25, 09:59 AM Reply #695 »
PS- must ask Roger Federer how often he has the tube stuck down the nose ? What rot

Maybe ask Lance Armstrong  :chin:

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« 2020-Jun-25, 06:22 PM Reply #696 »
Horse hair testing to stop "the cheaters" to kick off in Queensland
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3:39PM25 June 2020
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Queensland integrity officials will start testing the hair of horses, claiming "hair sampling leaves the cheaters nowhere to hide."

At a time when integrity issues continue to bubble in the Sunshine State, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) announced it was kicked off testing the hair of racing animals for prohibited substances.

The announcement came a day after QRIC charged 13 trainers with alleged “procurement” of substances against the rules of racing,

Testing hair samples can detect whether prohibited substances have been used well before raceday.

QRIC Racing Science Centre Director Dr Shawn Stanley said historically, anti-doping laboratories test blood, urine and saliva to detect substance abuse through pre and post-race testing, but the use of some prohibited substances in the weeks leading up to a race cannot be detected.

“Hair sampling leaves the cheaters with nowhere to hide,” he said.

“The Commission does out of competition testing of body fluids, but with our current approach we have to rely on intelligence gathering to determine which animals to test, and the ideal time to collect the sample, this is much less of an issue if the substance suspected of being used can be detected in hair.

“Banned substances including anabolic agents such as anabolic androgenic steroids along with hormones and metabolic modulators will be targeted with hair testing.

“Hair retains the traces of prohibited substances for months, acting like a reservoir for drugs that have been administered over time.”

Hair samples will be collected and tested across the three codes of racing with hair taken from Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Greyhound racing animals.

“The Commission is always looking for new and innovative ways to ensure there is a level playing field for participants and for the betting public and this is our latest innovation in the testing space,” QRIC boss Ross Barnett said.

“This is a simple, non-invasive test, but it could have far reaching implications for anyone planning to use prohibited substances to avoid the Commission’s testing regime.

“If prohibited substances are proven through hair testing it is a breach of the rules and participants will be charged.

“We have commenced taking a small number of out of competition samples from greyhounds and we will start taking hair samples from racehorses shortly."


ENDS

Around 12 months ago three men were arrested and charged with criminal offences by the Racing Crime Squad ..................at the time there was speculation that there would be more arrests of  trainers in Brisbane the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast................. those arrested were named as Denis Gordon Holbeck, 49, and David John Litzow, 41, both have been accused of enabling and facilitating the administration of the horse supplements, which resulted in dishonestly obtaining thoroughbred race winnings.
Rumour was the substance was snail venom.

Denis  Holbeck was bailed to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16 and David  Litzow was also bailed to appear in Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15.
The third man Ben Currie, 28, was arrested in Toowoomba and charged with one count of aggravated fraud. He was bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on July 15.

It was alleged between November 2016 and March 2019, Mr Currie administered unregulated performance-enhancing supplements designed to avoid detection in racing officials' testing system.

Denis  Holbeck and David Litzow have been accused of enabling and facilitating the administration of the horse supplements, which resulted in dishonestly obtaining thoroughbred race winnings.

There no news whether the three persons arrested have faced trials and despite the expectation that widespread arrests would follow the only arrests reported are those involving mostly small time trainers from outside the metropolitan area no big fish.

"A deadly venom found in sea snails which can paralyse fish within a second has emerged as the latest chemical suspected to have infiltrated horse racing, with authorities scrambling to organise testing for the powerful painkiller.

Racing NSW and Racing Victoria integrity officials on Monday( in July 2019)confirmed they had started screening for the mystery drug, which has subtypes known to be infinitely stronger than morphine."



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« 2020-Jul-08, 08:32 PM Reply #697 »
QCAT decision on the appeal by Ben Currie has finally made it on the Supreme Court's Library a very lengthy decision by the learned member which I have only reproduced in part the full decision is accessible by clicking on the link provided.


"Respondent’s submissionsAt the outset of the hearing the Respondent’s Counsel no longer pressed that the total disqualification period should be 27 months,  instead conceding that the period should be a total of 18 months, being the six month period of disqualification for Dreamscope to be served concurrently with the 12 month period of disqualification for Eight Over. That the period  of  disqualification  of  12  months  be  served  cumulatively  with  the  period of disqualification of six months in respect of Shakira. The Respondent submits that when regard is had to the circumstances giving rise to each charge it is evident that the applicant has not done all he could to stop the horses from testing positive for a banned substance.  So much is apparent from Cocaine being detected  in  Dreamscope and Eight  Over.  The  applicant  seeks  to  rebut  this  onus  by  “shifting” the onus to the Respondent. Such an approach the Respondent submits is misconceived.Furthermore, the  Respondent  submits  that  there  is  no  evidence  to  support  the  Applicant’s contention that he “had no reason to depart from the belief that the horses were being presented to race free of prohibited substances.11The Respondent relies upon a decision of Mark Goodwin12 who was convicted of a charge under AR rule 178 involving Testosterone. A six month disqualification period was  imposed  but  the  Stewards’  Report  contains  no  details  of  the  offence  or  the  circumstances in which it occurred. The Applicant’s counsel submitted as a possible explanation  that  sometimes  small  hobby  trainers  who  may  be  financially  restrained  prefer to accept a disqualification in lieu of a fine as being more palatable. ResolutionIn  respect  to  Shakira  the  Applicant  denied  that  he  nor  any  member  of  his  staff  had  cause to administer Testosterone.13 It was a drug that, at the time, was only available in  an  injectable  form.14  The  Applicant  advised  that  the  mare was  sent  to  him  from  Victoria. She had tested negative in Victoria on 24 November 2017 and raced again on  9  January  2018.15    She  arrived    from  Victoria  two  weeks  before  she  raced  and  11Para 36(b), applicant’s outline of submissions. 12Stewards Report: Mark Goodwin – Red Beretta dated 25 August 2016.13Bundle 64 line 15.14Bundle 68 line 40.15Bundle 36 lines 15 – 25.
11 returned a positive swab on 28 January 2018. The Applicant advised that it was not his common practice to use Testosterone, that there was pressure on him to race the mare when it arrived from Victoria, that he did not think it necessary to wait a period of time in case the mare had something in her system. He thought two weeks was a reasonable time.16 He did not think it was necessary to contact the previous trainer.17The effect of Testosterone on performance of horses is inconclusive, in other words it is  not  known  to  have  any  performance  enhancing characteristics.18  There  seems  no  logical reason for the Applicant to administer it and then race the mare in the period of 14 days.I am of the opinion that there is a rational explanation for the presence of Testosterone in the urine sample. The Applicant denies that there was any direct administration of Testosterone. The evidence is not contested that the Applicant only took possession of the horse 14 days before the race in which it returned a positive swab. Testosterone remains in  the  system  for  some  considerable  time.  Despite  the  former  trainer’sdeplorable  history  for  doping  horses  in  his  stable,  Testosterone  may  have  been  administered in Victoria on the then trainer’s assumption that the mare was not going to be raced for some time.  It is  not an unreasonable inference to draw, that absent any other explanation, Testosterone was in the mare prior to her arrival at the Applicant’s stables. In my opinion, such an explanation is more than mere speculation.  Had the mare returned a positive result without the explanation of her coming from interstate  a  fortnight  earlier,  then  the  only  explanation  would  have  been  that  Testosterone  had  been  injected  by  someone  in  the  stable  with  or  without  the  Applicant’s knowledge and a significant penalty would then have been justified.The  cases  of  Dreamscope and,   more  particularly,   Eight  Over  are  not  so  easily  resolved. I note that it is not possible to ascertain the quantity of cocaine found. I also note that the likely source was environmental contamination rather than direct administration.Following notification of the positive swab in respect of Dreamscope, one would have expected  some  investigation  and  tightening  of  controls  within  the  stable.  I  am  not  convinced by the explanation that the contamination could have come from outside the stable. It was suggested that racecourse staff possibly may have contaminated the horse. There was no evidence that other contaminations had occurred in this way. The Applicant appears to have taken no steps to advise and/or warn his staff of the potential problems in this regard, nor did he put in place any safeguards.19 Essentially, it appears that he ignored the problem. The  degrees  of  blameworthiness  in  Wallace have  been  conveniently  categorised  inScott v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (No 2) with the additional category of ‘carelessness’ as:(a)No blameworthiness at all.16Bundle 65 line 45.17Bundle 67 line 45.18See paragraph 28 of joint statement of facts at [2]. 19Bundle 70 line 20 and 71 line 42.
12 (b)Carelessness.(c)No credible explanation, so no indication about blameworthiness one way or the other. (d)Moral blameworthiness shown.20It  would  appear,  at  least  in  respect  to  Over  Eight  that  the  Applicant  falls  within  Category (b) or (c). In the above case, Member Gordon referred to varying degrees of carelessness  ranging  from  a mild  lack  of  care  to  gross  negligence.  In  this  case  the Applicant  took  no  steps  to  investigate  how  Dreamscope came  into  contact  with  cocaine, and what steps he could take to prevent it from recurring again. That showed a degree of apathy that, in my opinion amounted to blameworthiness warranting an above average penalty.
The Applicant has provided a list of comparable charges and penalties under AR 178 (now  AR  240  (2))  for  substances,   other  than  Cobalt,   for  the  Thoroughbred  Code,  Harness  Code  and  Greyhound  Code.  Generally,  in  respect  of  thoroughbreds  all  penalties were fines. There was also an example of one individual21 charged with twobreaches  of  the  rule  with  five  past  offences  yet  he  was  still  only  penalised  with  a  $3,000  fine  on  each  charge. There  were  no  charges  relating  to  Testosterone.  Unfortunately, the stewards’ reports were not provided.  In Abbott v Racing Queensland[2012] QCAT 230 the Tribunal said that as a matter of fairness and natural justice the Tribunal should strive to achieve the greatest degree of consistency as is possible.
 In all the circumstances,  I consider the appropriate penalties to be:(a)In respect of Shakira I set aside the penalty of six months’ disqualification andimpose no penalty;
 (b)In respect of Dreamscope, I set aside the penalty of six months’ disqualification and impose a penalty of $5,000.00;
(c)In respect of Eight Over I confirm the penalty of disqualification for a period of 12 months.
The Tribunal orders that: 1.The penalty imposed in respect of Shakira be set aside and no penalty be imposed.
2.In respect of Dreamscope, the penalty of six (6) months’ disqualification be set aside and in lieu thereof the Applicant be fined $5,000.00
;3.In respect of Eight Over the penalty of disqualification for a period of 12 months is confirmed;4.The period of disqualification to commence from 15 July 2019"


https://www.sclqld.org.au/caselaw/QCAT/2020/240

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