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« 2019-Jan-23, 09:15 PM Reply #1775 »


The regulators becoming players is not on.

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« 2019-Jan-24, 09:28 AM Reply #1776 »
They have got to be kidding, $10,000 a month in management fees for 1horse and $5000 a month for training fees, thats about $20,000 a year over and above what it costs to train a horse in brisbane. Bet Mirunners be happy, they will be until A Current Affair r 7.30 Report does an analysis on this, people go to jail for lesser  "fraud". why on earth would RQ get involved in something like this, it wasnt that long ago when people like the old newsagent cum secretary wouldnt give out saddling paddock passes for legitimate syndicate members yet gave out handfuls of tickets to people like the Inghams wou wouldnt put their hand in their pockets to buy a drink, my my times have changed...sadly for the worse.

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« 2019-Jan-24, 01:52 PM Reply #1777 »
Winter prize boost brings a warm glow
NATHAN EXELBY Courier Mail story today

RACING Queensland will today announce prizemoney increases of $1.7 million for this year’s winter carnival, where Eagle Farm will host three of the six Group 1 meetings.

A total of $18.4 million will be distributed across the carnival, with Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell hoping the lift will secure Queensland’s reputation as the nursery for Australian racing’s future stars, like The Autumn Sun, as well as enticing established star sprinters like last year’s Group 1-winning trio English, Impending and Santa Ana Lane.

The Toowoomba Weetwood on April 4 kick-starts three months of feature race action.

The Doomben 10,000 (Doomben, May 11) will increase to $800,000, bringing Queensland’s sprinting Group 1 Triple Crown to a total of $3 million.

The Doomben Cup ($700,000) will again be run a week after the 10,000, before Group 1 action switches across the road to Eagle Farm for the $700,000 Kingsford Smith Cup on May 25.

With the latest reincarnation of Eagle Farm still in its infancy, the decision was made to run the Queensland Oaks meeting (June 1) at Doomben, protecting Eagle Farm from three straight Saturdays.

The $1.5 million Stradbroke (June 8) will return to Eagle Farm in 2019 after being held at Doomben in three of the past four years.

The two-year-old component of the carnival now comprises $2 million, with the Sires boosted to $400,000 and Champagne Classic $200,000.

This follows the earlier announcement that the Gold Coast’s Hollindale Stakes (May 4) has been boosted to $500,000 as the club bids for its first Group 1 race at Aquis Park.

The Hollindale leads into races like the Doomben Cup, O’Shea Stakes ($400,000) and Brisbane Cup ($400,000), which will also have prizemoney injections this year.

The Ipswich Cup is on June 15 before the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara returns to Eagle Farm on June 22.

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Crikey three months is a long time almost like it used to be from May to August until the powers that be decided time is of the essence and shortened the Winter Carnival consuderably ...something funny going on the masked face inserted when the story should read June 8. :shrug:

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« 2019-Jan-29, 03:54 PM Reply #1778 »
Somebody asleep at the wheel . .  :sleep:

Weights for MKY (due for release 12.00 noon) still not posted 4 hours later

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« 2019-Jan-29, 04:34 PM Reply #1779 »
Friday's in RISA

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« 2019-Jan-29, 04:43 PM Reply #1780 »
Friday's in RISA

Yes . . Released @ 4.07 Qld Time

My whinge obviously carried some clout  :whistle:

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« 2019-Jan-29, 08:35 PM Reply #1781 »

Racing in Queensland should be administered by RacingNSW

.......... it has no independent future ---------- its participants should be assisted to find new jobs or otherwise be given redundancy payouts.

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« 2019-Jan-29, 08:48 PM Reply #1782 »
Maybe scrub the whole State and rename it "Greater Northern New South Wales"   :chin:

 

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« 2019-Jan-29, 09:29 PM Reply #1783 »

No

.................. respect the the formal boundaries ........... as with NZ.

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« 2019-Jan-30, 07:16 AM Reply #1784 »
Maybe scrub the whole State and rename it "Greater Northern New South Wales"   :chin:

If we could excise the Great(?) South East and give it to NSW . . .

We could improve the average IQ of both states  :thumbsup:

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« 2019-Feb-15, 03:59 PM Reply #1785 »
Grand plan to decamp stalls
IF THERE’S an organisation that should know how to ensure the horse goes before the buggy, you’d hope its Racing Queensland.

Alas, the governing body of the three horseracing codes seems to have bet big on itself and lost.

RQ had been looking to decamp from its traditional headquarters in Deagon, which it shares with horses and trainers, and establish an equine centre of excellence on the site.

Apparently, RQ’s decision makers reckoned an inner-city office near business and government was more fitting, and this was going help the body attract and keep staff.

While some stakeholders were briefed on the grand plan, obviously, no one thought through the politics of such a move.

For a start, the Palaszczuk Government isn’t too keen on selling assets and renting office space.

However, more importantly, how were they proposing to tell Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe that staff did not want to work at Deagon, which is in his Sandgate electorate?

While acknowledging the move idea had some merit, Hinchliffe says he has told RQ it isn’t going anywhere.

“As far as that being their highest priority, I think they have put the buggy before the horse,” the Minister told me.

“If sorting out their own nest is their highest priority, then that’s a problem, and I have made that clear.”

Hinchliffe says there are a “number of other infrastructure issues” RQ will need to get right before even thinking about new office furniture and all those inner-city lunch options.

And he’s not shy about admitting that his decision was partly motivated because he’s the local MP.

“To be pretty blunt, as the local member, that’s something they have got to justify at that site, which is a really important local institution,” he said.

Talk about taking the whip out.

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Political reporter Steven Wardill writing at the end of his opinion piece in today's CM ...running Hinchey's leak ....imagine Hinchey stamping his foot ....wonder if any RQ staff live in his electorate  possibly not seeing the stated motivation to relocate to the City is to attract and retain staff .....so no loss of votes if they moved .......that is assuming they would vote ALP as Labor delivered their jobs ...for which they should be grateful.....  the locals wouldn't care if the space was vacated for an equine centre of excellence unless it involved the sale of assets if that would be the whole site........which wouldn't get to first base so I can't imagine RQ putting that up..although an all horse centre might be more positive for local business...but the RQ office is staying put  it seems.

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« 2019-Feb-15, 05:53 PM Reply #1786 »
Ben Currie facing fresh charges


The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission issued the following statement on Friday afternoon regarding Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie:

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been issued with seven more alleged breaches of the rules of racing as part of the ongoing investigation into his stable.

It will be alleged that serious animal welfare breaches have occurred including the alleged use of a jigger on two occasions, unauthorised shockwave treatments, failure to report bleeding horses to Stewards and race-day treatment breaches in contravention of the rules of racing.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the investigation that commenced on 7 April last year was always going to be long and protracted and these new allegations stemmed from items seized as part of the ongoing Currie Racing case.

The very serious nature of the animal welfare allegations that have surfaced as a result of this investigation have left us with no choice but to act now in the interests of the Queensland racing industry,” Barnett said.

Mr Currie has been called to a Steward’s Inquiry on Monday 18 February at 10am to show cause why he should not be suspended.

Consideration was given to whether horses trained by Mr Currie that are nominated to run this weekend should be allowed to compete.

We have balanced the impact on owners, connections and jockeys, the need to protect the image of the Queensland Racing Industry, and legal considerations in arriving at the decision to allow nominated horses to compete this weekend.

However, this position will be reviewed after Monday’s Steward’s Inquiry.

Also, none of Mr Currie’s horses nominated to race this weekend are the subject of these latest alleged breaches of the rules which are historic in nature.

Barnett said Friday's allegations were in addition to the 28 alleged rule breaches stewards issued to Currie on July 3 last year and four alleged illegal substance breaches issued on November 28 and December 14 last year.

Mr Currie has continued to train horses in Queensland on a QCAT stay of proceedings.

QRIC Steward’s Inquiries into the earlier matters are currently delayed until the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing next Friday, 22 February.

The Currie Racing investigation has not concluded and further alleged breaches of the rules of racing are likely,” Barnett said.

The latest allegations to come to light occurred between January 2016 and April 2017.

In contravention of AR175(n) Stewards will allege Currie instructed the use of an electric or electronic apparatus (jigger) to deliver an electric shock in an act of cruelty on ‘Cordon Rouge’ prior to racing at Gatton on 30 July 2016.

Stewards will also allege that between 1 March 2016 and 7 March 2016 in breach of AR175(n) Mr Currie allegedly used an electric or electronic apparatus (jigger) on a horse that has been designed to deliver an electric shock.

In contravention of AR64H Stewards allege Mr Currie permitted ‘Dog Days Are Over’ to race at the Sunshine Coast on 16 April 2017 when it had been subjected to shockwave therapy during the seven clear day period before race day.

In a breach of AR53A it will be alleged that Mr Currie failed to notify Stewards when ‘Deep Down’ bled on 31 May 2016 and was then raced by another trainer until June 2017.

It is also alleged in a further breach of AR53A that Mr Currie failed to notify Stewards when ‘Rock Spark’ bled on 6 April 2017, the horse which was sold shortly after the incident continued to race under another trainer.

Stewards will also allege that in a breach of AR175(a) that Mr Currie allegedly made dishonest statements in not disclosing to potential purchasers that Rock Spark bled at Gatton on 6 April 2017.

In an alleged breach of AR178E(1) Mr Currie allegedly caused the administration of boost paste to ‘Honey Toast’ on the day it raced in the Sunshine Coast Cup on 31 January 2016.

Due to the ongoing nature of the Currie Racing investigation the Commission will make no further comment at this stage.

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« 2019-Apr-02, 09:40 AM Reply #1787 »
The Australian Racing Board is a collection of racing control bodies in each State set up to coordinate for a better word the thoroughbred racing industry it has a constitution and it establishes the Rulesof Racing which are binding on licensees in the definitions of Principal Racing Authority it provides that PRA as described constitute the PRA except that
  (provided any Member thereof is not a direct Government appointee)

 The expression “Principal Racing Authority” means:- (a) a body, statutory or otherwise, that has the control and general supervision of racing within a State or Territory (provided any Member thereof is not a direct Government appointee), and means in the State of New South Wales, the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board; in the State of Victoria, Racing Victoria Limited; in the State of Queensland, Racing Queensland Limited; in the State of South Australia, Thoroughbred Racing S.A. Limited; in the State of Western Australia, Racing and Wagering Western Australia; in the State of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Racing Council; in the Northern Territory, Thoroughbred Racing NT; and in the Australian Capital Territory, the Committee of the Canberra Racing Club Incorporated; and,


How is it then that the ARB recognises RQ as all members thererof are appointed by the Government? :what:



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« 2019-Apr-11, 02:26 PM Reply #1788 »
One big gamble
RQ ready for a fight with bookies over fees
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TAKING A PUNT: RQ has called for feedback on a new schedule of fees. Pictu AAP

RACING Queensland is set to go into battle with corporate bookmakers after flagging a significant increase to race field fees, gambling on the tax rise offsetting a likely reduction in turnover.

Wagering service providers (WSP) claim the proposed new schedule will make Queensland one of the highest-taxing jurisdictions in the world, particularly when combined with a nation-high 15 per cent point of consumption tax.

RQ has invited feedback on the proposed amendments up until April 26, but most WSPs are resigned to the new schedule of fees being implemented on July 1.

Tote derivative products (which include best tote and any multiple betting options with corporate bookmakers) will now be priced at 26 per cent of gross revenue or 3 per cent of turnover – whichever is greater. On premium meetings, this rises to 36 per cent and 3.25 per cent.

For all other bet types (fixed odds win and place betting) the fee will be set at 21 per cent of revenue or 2.5 per cent of turnover and 26 per cent or 2.75 per cent on premium meetings.

It is understood some corporate bookmakers estimate the new schedule to be an increase of 30 per cent on existing prices.

Combined with the point of consumption tax, a Queensland-based punter betting on a Queensland race could be costing a bookmaker as much as 60 per cent of revenue – a figure some suggest will lead to a significant decline in turnover on Queensland racing.

At present RQ receives 60 per cent of its wagering revenue via Queensland TAB, 20 per cent from interstate TABs and a further 20 per cent from corporate bookmakers.

It is understood RQ has modelled for some decline in turnover, but still anticipates the new schedule of fees to deliver bigger returns from WSPs, which in turn they will use to bolster funding to individual clubs.

“As an organisation, it is imperative that we operate in a more commercial manner,” RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said. RQ has also flagged its intention to introduce minimum bet limits for harness and greyhound racing, following the introduction to gallops races in 2017.


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« 2019-Apr-15, 07:18 PM Reply #1789 »
Racing Qld had a win in the Federal Court over the Taxation Commissioner over the liability to pay $949,317.32. under the Super Guarantee SGAA the learned judgeheld that the Board RQ is not the employer of jockeys .....he ordered its primary ground of challenge is made out. Its appeal must therefore be allowed, the objection decision set aside and, in lieu thereof, it must be ordered that its objection to the assessments be allowed in full. It will then be for the Commissioner to give effect to that order by administrative action.

Federal Court decision Logan J


http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/FCA//2019/509.html

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« 2019-Apr-16, 12:09 PM Reply #1790 »
Currie ban looms
NATHAN EXELBY
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TROUBLE: Horse Trainer Ben Currie and lawyer Michael O'Connor on their way to his recent QCAT hearing.

RACING Queensland is expected to use a rare rule of racing to effectively ban controversial Queensland horse trainer Ben Currie as early as today.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe’s office last night confirmed the Minister expects RQ to act on legal advice to refuse nominations from Currie for all thoroughbred races in Queensland while he is facing charges. Currie was originally charged in May, with illegal raceday treatments although he has denied wrongdoing and intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

He has since received more charges relating to positive swabs and the use of a “jigger” device.

A spokesman from the office said it follows weeks of discussions the Minister has had with key industry figures about maintaining integrity in the Queensland racing industry.

“Under AR 55 of the Australian Rules of Racing all nominations are subject to the approval of a Principal Racing Authority, in this case Racing Queensland,” the spokesman said.

“AR 55 states a PRA may decline to receive or after receiving reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for so doing.

“Integrity is all important in this sport and racing participants — and the public — need to have complete confidence that the highest standards are being upheld.

“This is about protecting the standing and integrity of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, one of our most prestigious major events.”

Ben Currie was originally charged in May last year with 31 charges (later reduced to 28), many of which pertained to illegal race day treatments.

In February, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission laid another seven charges against him, including alleged use of a jigger.

There has since been another two charges alleging the use of a jigger, bringing the total to 37. Currie also has five swab irregularities waiting to be heard.

He has twice been stood down by QRIC stewards, pending resolution of the charges, but successfully sought a stay of proceedings on both occasions at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Another stay hearing has been scheduled for this Thursday at QCAT, with Currie expected to provide evidence over the phone, as he is understood to be overseas at the moment.

Currie, the state’s leading trainer of winners over the past two seasons, has consistently maintained his innocence since the case began on Toowoomba’s Weetwood day on April 7 last year.

Last week Aquis Farm, which has one of the biggest racing teams in the state, announced it would not race any horses under its control in Queensland until “a number of integrity issues are resolved.”

The Hayes family’s Lindsay Park endorsed the Aquis stance on Monday, citing concerns around a level playing field in Queensland.

ENDS

Finally the defenders have  found a way to appease  the critics who want a level playing field ...and integity issues resolved....never mind procedural fairness or the innocent until proven guilty ......will the same action be taken against other trainers who have charges pending and have been waiting through no fault of theirs for the seriously overworked QCAT to rule on their charges while they operate on a stay of proceedings....some going back to 2015 ......Currie is banned from nominating in NSW as is Liam Birchley  pending the outcome of his charge in the Aquanita case but he's OK in Qld....Currie has a raft of charges pending some to be heard this week according to the CM he is believed to be in Bali so this decision which has not been announced on RQ website will spoil his holiday...and what arrangements have RQ agreed  to protect the welfare of his large stable and the owners..a caretaker trainer should be approved and a reasonable time given for any transfers ....still it may not be over Currie has shown strong determination resorting to legal action to defend hisself and if there are any legal avenues to obtain injunctive relief from the RQ decision to refuse nominations it's possible he'll use it.

It also beggars belief that RQ took so long to twig to AR55 which is the rule that RNSW relied on when it refused to accept nominations from the above ....possibly it was Hinchey's doing seeing he sat silent when John -Paul Langbroek made his two speeces in Parliament on integrity in QLD.

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« 2019-Apr-16, 05:15 PM Reply #1791 »
Checking the ARB site for the ARB rules you are likely to find their web site isn't updated as the power to refuse nominations is AR50 which reads :---AR.50. All nominations and entries are subject to approval, and the Committee of any Club, or the Stewards, may decline to receive, or at any time after having received, reject any nomination or entry 32 without giving any reason for so doing. If any nomination or entry be rejected under this Rule, the fees paid in respect thereof shall be refunded.

However if you are lucky you'll find the Amended Rules effective from 1March 2019 where the provisions of former AR50 with some variation are now in AR55.

AR 55 Nominations for races subject to approval (1) All nominations are subject to the approval of a PRA or the Stewards. Either may decline to receive or after receiving reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for so doing. (2) If any nomination is rejected under this rule, the fees paid in relation to it must be refunded to the nominator.

Under the former Rules AR55 read as follows :-AR.55. In entering a horse in several races closing simultaneously, it will be sufficient to give its name and description in one of the nominations and the name only in the others.

Before RNSW acted on refusing nominations from Liam Birchley he was given the opportunity to show cause why his nominations should not be refused I assume the same opportunity was given to Ben Currie...... as far as is known  this opportunity to show cause hasn't been provided to Ben Currie by RQ .....Ben Currie is due again tomorrow at QCAT as previously arranged  the CM reported he is to give evidence by telephone link ...whether that alters due to the RQ decision is unknown.

So the power to reject nominations  was open to the stewards under the old rule and still is in force under the amended rule in which the PRA (that's RQ) is substituted for "the Committee of any club" in the current rule.....the stewards would have known this but declined to exercise the power allowing the trainer his rights to appeal to QCAT in other words to allow him natural justice.

Mark Oberhardt aka OBI reported on AAP the following:-

"RQ's chief executive Brendan Parnell released a two paragraph statement when asked by AAP to confirm the move.
"We exist within an industry that expects and demands natural justice and we should be unrepentant in our support of that view," the statement said.
"However, I echo the Racing Minister's recent comments exploring reform within the appeals process so that justice can not only be dealt with fairly, but also swiftly."

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« 2019-Apr-17, 09:35 AM Reply #1792 »
Currie phone hook-up as RQ considers its options
NATHAN EXELBY


RACING Queensland remained tight-lipped last night on when it will act on the wishes of Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to invoke a rule of racing that would allow it to refuse nominations from the Ben Currie stable.

RQ declined to comment on the matter yesterday, but last night the Minister’s office reaffirmed that Hinchliffe wants “a swift resolution” to the matter.

Under the state’s Racing Act, the Minister has the power to make directions to the control body (RQ) on all matters, excluding prizemoney distribution and race dates.

Meanwhile, the tribunal hearing into the latest two alleged jigger charges against Currie (right) will continue in Brisbane today when it is expected the trainer will give evidence via phone from his overseas holiday. The hearing began on Monday and continued yesterday.

Then tomorrow, QCAT is scheduled to hear Currie’s bid to secure a stay on the suspension of his licence after QRIC stood him down in February pertaining to seven new charges, including jigger-related allegations. The Currie saga has led to a shake-up in the executive for the Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers’ Association, with Currie’s QC Jim Murdoch stepping down from his role as vice-president.

“With the recent developments and the potential that there is a likelihood of this issue continuing for some time, Jim Murdoch has asked to stand down from his position due to some members’ concerns,” branch spokesman Cameron Partington said.

Chris Munce has resigned as president, citing “the concerns from many of his owners that this issue is not being satisfactorily addressed by the industry regulators as a whole”.

Munce and Murdoch will remain part of the committee, with Pat Duff assuming the role of caretaker president.

ENDS

It appears to me that RQ CEO Brendan Parnell who I believe to be a decent and honourable man is in an ethical dilemma..... on the one hand he believes in natural justice as evidenced by his comments yesty and on the other he is confronted with pressure from the office of Racing Minister The Hon. Hinchcliffe to invoke AR55...a power that QRIC itself could have invoked had it deemed appropriate....as Minister Hinchcliffe has power and authority to direct RQ it appears he'll need to step out of the shadows and into the limelight to issue a direction......which I presume would necessarily be in writing.

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« 2019-Apr-17, 02:51 PM Reply #1793 »
I doubt anyone needs anymore evidence but what a farce Qld racing is  :wacko:

Regardless of what we think of Ben Currie he's due all avenues available to him yet now we have government intervention demanding an obscure law be invoked.

No doubt they have allowed it to drag on too long but now they'll look like mugs if they now choose to go that way.   :lol:

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« 2019-Apr-17, 06:16 PM Reply #1794 »
Mark Oberhardt aka OBI was on radio TAB this morning explaining the sequence of events in the Ben Currie saga to Steve Hewlett...I only caught the last few minutes of the discussion but the salient point made by OBI is that he understands RQ has not received their legal advice on imposing AR55 to Currie...while he outlined the change from the former rule where now the PRA (RQ) replaces "the committee of a club" as the authority to utilise AR 55 he failed to mention that the stewards read QRIC have always had the power to enforce this rule ...OBI said that Currie's stay of proceedings is to be heard by QCAT tomorrow...he opined that should RQ act to impose AR55 that he thought Currie's legal counsel Jim Murdoch QC would contend that in the Supreme Court.Anyone interested in listening should be able to access the discussion on Audio Boom.

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« 2019-Apr-17, 10:24 PM Reply #1795 »


....... one may as well listen to another Queenslander -- Pauline asked to 'please explain'.

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« 2019-Apr-18, 08:10 PM Reply #1796 »
Ben Currie asked to show cause
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Racing Queensland is understood to have asked trainer Ben Currie to show cause why it should not refuse his nominations in Queensland.

Currie has been a controversial figure in Queensland Racing and is facing 42 allegations, none of which have currently been resolved.

He has been training for the past year on two stays and got a further stay on some charges in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday.

It means Currie, who is at a wedding in Bali, is able to train pending further legal action.

AAP understands on Thursday night RQ sent Currie and his lawyers a letter asking him to show cause by Friday week why his nominations in the state should not be refused.

The show cause is under a modernised Australian Rule of racing AR55 which allows a principal club to refuse nominations without giving a reason.

It in effect gives a Currie a week to show why he can continue training in Queensland.

RQ’s chief executive Brendan Parnell did not return calls while a spokesman for Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he was unaware of the letter.

Currie’s solicitor Michael O’Connor confirmed he had received a letter from RQ but said he could not comment further.

ENDS

Well so much for the presumption of innocence now RQ has taken this action poked and prodded by the loudest voices and the racing minister's office you would think The Hon. Hinchy would have had to issue a direction to RQ for them to take this action...which as has been pointed out previously QRIC could have done this months ago but as QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett outlined in his media release today they abide by the proper processes.

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« 2019-Apr-19, 12:30 PM Reply #1797 »
When Currie comes back from Bali perhaps he might like to do some paper work.

I notice that according to the Racing NSW site Currie has 218 horses on his books. I counted at least 100 of those which are listed as active but would  be long retired. Some of these horse haven't had a start since 2011. Another one was recorded as being owned by Godolphin.

Also none of his other 100 or so horses that he really has in his stable  are listed as spelling- hardly likely.



 

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« 2019-Apr-19, 10:20 PM Reply #1798 »
TRAINER BEN CURRIE FACES TWO TESTS
Friday 19 April, 2019   
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Trainer Ben Currie will return from overseas to find out whether he can continue to run his stable.
Controversial Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has spent the past week in an idyllic resort but he will return to stark reality to face a career-defining week.

Currie, who has been at a wedding in Bali, faces 42 allegations ranging from race day treatments to use of a jigger dating back to April last year.

Despite his appearance at more than a dozen stewards inquiries and various tribunal hearings over an 11-month period none of the allegations have been resolved.

Currie was successful in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday in extending a stay order which allows him to train while he fights a suspension on seven of his charges.

QCAT member Steven Holzberger found to deny the stay would have been extremely detrimental to Currie while he could not see how granting it would undermine the integrity of racing.

In the background there had been a push by some racing power brokers for RQ to invoke a rule which allows it to reject Currie's nominations until the charges against him are resolved.

AR 55 in effect gives the principal club (RQ) the power to reject nominations without giving a reason.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has stated he would support RQ in implementing the rule as have several other leading race club officials.

The Brisbane Racing Club has already used a similar rule in the Liqour Act to bar Currie from its racetracks.

However, it is understood RQ held off moving under the rule until the result of Thursday's stay application.

Once the stay was extended RQ then sent Currie and his lawyers a letter asking him explain why his nominations should not be rejected.

Currie has until 2pm on Friday to respond which because of the Easter/Anzac Day holidays is three working days.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has notified Currie a stewards inquiry into two charges which involve allegations of jiggers will resume on Wednesday.

Three days of the inquiry were held this week and it was adjourned but QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett confirmed the inquiry would now resume on Wednesday.

ENDS

Obi's reference that  "The Brisbane Racing Club has already used a similar rule in the Liqour Act to bar Currie from its racetracks"......is true in so far that the BRC has banned him ..........it has since been reported that the action is not in accordance with the Liquor Licensing Act .

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has informed the BRC, which administers both the Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses, that the ban on the trainer put in place on February 15 following animal cruelty charges being laid against him could not be enforced under the existing act.


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« 2019-Apr-20, 08:35 AM Reply #1799 »
Trainer’s battle has become a lot harder
NATHAN EXELBY
ANOTHER win at QCAT on Thursday led to Ben Currie facing a fresh battle on a new front, with Racing Queensland issuing the trainer with a show cause notice.
RQ has asked the trainer to offer reasons why his nominations shouldn’t be rejected under AR55(1), which states a principal racing authority may decline to receive, or after receiving, reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for doing so.
Currie has been given until 2pm on Friday to provide a response as to why the rule should not be invoked.
The RQ letter, which was signed by chief operating officer Adam Wallish, said Currie’s “ongoing participation in racing is eroding public confidence in the racing industry in Queensland”.
Earlier, QCAT member Steven Holzberger said Currie had an arguable case (regarding the seven charges issued against him in February) and ruled there was a “very heavy balance of convenience consideration”.
“I can’t see how granting the stay undermines the integrity of racing, particularly when none of the charges have been proven,” Holzberger said.
Under examination, Currie’s explanation for one of the texts where he used the term “harped up” was that it meant “change our technique a little and finetune him to get a result for the owner”.
QRIC’s legal counsel Scott McLeod described Currie’s explanation as “utter nonsense when you look at the totality of the evidence”.
Jim Murdoch QC, for Currie, said an affidavit with sworn statements from a number of jockeys and trainers was “compelling”.
“Each and every one denied Currie had ever asked them to use (a jigger) or use it on his behalf,” he said.
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This is the second on Nathan's reports concerning Ben Currie the first takes up more space and is to be found on the  Appeals process thread.

Eroding Confidence in the racing industry in Qld :o.......what's happened to  the presumption of innocence Currie has been charged but no charges have been finalised how does that erode confidence........ :what:

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