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« 2019-Mar-18, 09:24 PM Reply #400 »
Trainer Ben Currie stood down again
Posted by: AAP+ at 5:46pm on 18/3/2019

 
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Ben Currie will seek an extension of a stay so he can continue training after an internal review reaffirmed a decision to stand him down pending an inquiry into jigger charges against him.

Queensland’s leading trainer, Currie, who trained five winners at the weekend to take him to 118 for the season, was stood down from training after stewards charged him with seven offences including use of a jigger.

He sought an internal review of the decision and he went to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a stay.

On February 20, Currie was granted a stay which was to remain in place for five days after the internal review was determined.

A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission deputy chairman Mark Ainsworth confirmed on Monday the internal review had ruled against Currie and the order to stand him down from training would be reinstated.

Currie will now seek an extension of the stay order in QCAT, probably later this week.

In an 11-page judgment, the internal reviewer Kane Ashby said he agreed all matters should be judged on their merits.

He paid particular attention to the text messages which formed the basis of the charges and noted in one Currie had used the term “harped up”.

“The reviewer acknowledges the seriousness of the charges, in particular the alleged use or instruction to use an electric or electronic apparatus to a horse which is designed to deliver an electric shock,” Ashby said.

“Notwithstanding, the reviewer acknowledges such charges are yet to be proven and the subject review is particular to the decision to suspend Currie’s trainer’s licence.

“In carefully considering the evidence and in particular Currie’s failure to provide any direct evidence or explanation for the term ‘harped up’ as noted in the facts relied upon, (the reviewer) finds the continued participation of Currie poses an unacceptable risk to, prejudice or undermine the image, interests or integrity of racing.

“Accordingly, the reviewer is satisfied the decision to suspend Currie’s trainer’s licence is proven.”

Currie has also been training for nine months on a separate QCAT order arising from a series of other charges.

Stewards held a closed inquiry last week to hear 14 of those charges which arose from a raid on his Toowoomba stables in April last year.

A further 14 charges stemming from that raid will be heard next week.

Stewards will hear a further four charges involving positive swabs and the seven charges which include the use of a jigger next month.

A decision on all charges is expected late in April.

To further complicate matters Currie is banned from the Brisbane Racing Club’s Eagle Farm and Doomben meetings but can attend other tracks, as he did at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
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https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BENJAMIN-CURRIE-1.pdf

Reading the reasons for decisions which include direct quotes of  Jim Murdoch's submissions it was a very strongly contested hearing which will undoubtedly go to QCAT for determination.....the Principal Racing Authority is relied on to authorise the stewards to enforce the Rules ...unless I'm mistaken RQ is the PRA here although the integrity function is the responsibility of QRIC following the separation of powers following the MacSporran report.

Giddy Up :beer:

« Last Edit: 2019-Mar-18, 09:47 PM by Arsenal »

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« 2019-Mar-19, 08:54 AM Reply #401 »


............... is an open cheque book being misused to run up legal costs for the trainer?

RQL needs to take the lead here and defer any suspension until all the charges have been heard and resolved cleanly.

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« 2019-Mar-19, 09:26 PM Reply #402 »

............... is an open cheque book being misused to run up legal costs for the trainer?

RQL needs to take the lead here and defer any suspension until all the charges have been heard and resolved cleanly.

RQL is no more Peter...... you haven't been following the changes which came in from over two years ago ......... RQ handles the administration.... programming etc but the Integrity function was handed to QRIC .....what happens next will be up to QCAT and assuming a stay is granted  Ben Currie will continue his career and join the long list of licensees waiting for a hearing at QCAT.......he'll know the answer in the next few days having requested an urgent hearing.

From media report AAP

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has lodged a stay application against a decision to stand him down and hopes to have it heard by the end of the week.

Queensland’s leading trainer on overall winners, Currie was stood down after stewards charged him last month with seven offences including the use of a jigger.

He sought an internal review of the decision and then went to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a stay.

On February 20, Currie was granted a stay which was to remain in place for five days after the internal review was determined.

On Monday, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s internal reviewer, Kane Ashby, confirmed the stewards’ decision to stand Currie down pending a result in the case.

It means unless Currie gets a stay he will be unable to train after next Monday.

Currie’s lawyers filed an application in QCAT on Tuesday to have Ashby’s and the stewards’ decisions stayed until the case can be resolved.

A QRIC spokesperson confirmed the commission had been served with the paperwork for the stay application.

No date has been set for the application but Currie wants an urgent hearing before the Monday deadline.

The matter is further confused because stewards held a closed inquiry last week to hear 14 charges against Currie arising from a raid on his stables in April last year.

A further 14 charges stemming from that raid are set to be heard on Monday which would clash with a stay application.

Stewards will next month hear a further four charges involving positive swabs and the seven charges which include the use of a jigger.

A decision on all charges is expected late in April.


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« 2019-Mar-22, 06:30 PM Reply #403 »
CM reports that Ben Currie's application for a stay of proceedings against the standing down decision of the stewards and confirmed at internal review is to be heard by QCAT on 3 April he can continue to train in the meantime.

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2019-Mar-22, 08:46 PM Reply #404 »


Time for Time out

........ no licensed person wants to be in between a steward and a pre-determination of guilt.

There is enough presumptive justice in play here for all to take a break -- and resume the hearings in July.


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