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« 2019-Apr-20, 10:05 AM Reply #1800 »
What evidence is there that RQ can produce ......apart from some disgruntled persons mouthing off about a level playing field ......that "“ Currie's ongoing participation in racing is eroding public confidence in the racing industry in Queensland”......have crowds been down ......betting declined on Brisbane or Qld races ...solely to the fact that Currie has been permitted to train whilst his charges are still to be finalised.....while Aquis Farm has decided they won't nominate it won't bring racing to a halt ..there's capacity fields with or without them and David Hayes who trains one horse for the syndicate apparently thought it in his interests to support his owner..he hardly ever races here anyway.
It's a lynch mob pentality running the show.

Notice that those in support of RQ  refer to the Principal Club (RQ) as the power to rely on recently amended rule AR 55..omitting to mention the power has always resides in the stewards QRIC which have not resorted to the rule which they could have if deemed appropriate...... Ross Barnett has stated QRIC's position quite clearly that QRIC whatever critics may say abide by due process......nothing in the rules require the PRA (RQ) to give reasons if Curries response to the show cause doesn't convince them to accept his submission.

For the record this is what AR 55 provides:-

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.

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« 2019-Apr-26, 09:23 PM Reply #1801 »
CURRIE GIVEN MORE TIME FOR SUBMISSIONS
Friday 26 April, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt
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Trainer Ben Currie has been given an extension on submissions over a jigger charge.
Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has got an extension on the time in which he has to make final submissions on two charges which involve allegations of using a jigger

Currie's lawyers went to the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday afternoon seeking a judicial review of a stewards direction in regards to an inquiry which started last week.

Justice David Boddice made no formal order after the hearing but the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission agreed to extend the time in which Currie's lawyers could make final submissions.

The deadline has now been extended from 4pm on Friday to 4pm on Monday.

The inquiry involves charges against Currie of bringing racing into disrepute involving text messages stewards allege indicated he had used or instructed an employee to use a jigger on a horse in 2015.

On Wednesday, stewards interviewed a Toowoomba trainer and one of Currie's staff as well as Currie regarding the text messages.

Stewards then told Currie's lawyers they had until 4pm on Friday to make final written submissions on the charges.

Currie's lawyers went to the Supreme Court seeking a judicial review on the grounds they were being denied procedural fairness.

The two charges are separate from seven other charges involving texts which are yet to be heard.

There are 28 other unrelated charges and five positive swab allegations which are also still to be resolved.

Meanwhile, RQ is remaining silent on its consideration to refuse Currie's nominations.

RQ sent Currie a letter last week asking for him to make comment on the consideration under Australian racing rule AR55.

However, RQ has made no public comment and a spokesman said they would be making no statement on Friday.

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« 2019-Apr-28, 05:48 PM Reply #1802 »
Musical chairs at the PRA announced today by Nathan Exelby in the Sunday mail ......Thoroughbred representative Mark Sowerby has had enough he didn't apply for reappointment....... the replacement selected by The Hon.Hinchey hasn't been confirmed due to pressure of work ......(former LNP Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 's name has been mentioned as a possible acceptable candidate ) and Susannah George is leaving to be replaced by Jane Seawright a corporate and commercial lawyer who is chair and president of Netball Qld .

Chair Steve Wilson has been reappointed for another 3 years presumably as have the remaining members ...so what else is of interest ...The Hon.Hinchey is reported to have declared that..."there's much to look forward to in racing in Queensland".....not as ambitious as the delusional claim  his opposite number from the LNP since departed and now hooked up with the One Nation mob ........  the former Minister Hon Dicko declared to much ridicule that QR would be "A furlong in front".

The Hon. Hinchey is reported to have said RQ and the guvment are pressing ahead with a reform agenda to create a more commercially focused industry ,,,,,,,(which beggars the question what haven't  they being doing up to now  that they intend to do from now on )...

Nathan's report concluded with The Hon. Hinchey proclaiming that "RQ's new-look board will implement a series of new reforms to build on the integrity,prizemoney and country racing reforms we've already implemented." end of quote.

Obviously prizemoney is crucial to the three codes although I get the impression  the foregoing is related to the thoroughbreds ......the dishlickers and the harness codes didn't get a mention ......and what to make of including "integrity" in the statement seeing that under the separation of powers... integrity is the responsibility of QRIC .

There are options to improve the integrity process as evidenced by the NSW system where NCAT isn't involved and the changes announced in Victoria where VCAT will only have limited powers on points of law from June this year ......QCAT is the problem in QLd under resourced and under funded with some 22 classes of occupations professions trades including Racing in it's Occupational Regulation panel...no wonder there's a backlog of appeals awaiting determination.

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« 2019-Apr-29, 08:11 AM Reply #1803 »
Media Statements
Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Racing Queensland Board to continue racing reform agenda
Implementing the Palaszczuk Government’s racing reform agenda will continue to be the focus of the Racing Queensland board, which includes at least one new face from 1 May.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the RQ Board would combine experience and continuity with fresh talent.

“Queensland racing is entering an exciting new era as the government presses ahead with a reform agenda to create a more commercially focused industry,” he said.

“RQ’s new-look board will implement a series of new reforms to build on the integrity, prizemoney and country racing reforms we’ve already implemented.

“Five of the seven board members will continue their roles, including Chair Steve Wilson who has shown strong leadership during his three years in the role.

“The board will also include fresh new talent, including corporate and commercial lawyer Jane Seawright, who joins RQ as a non-industry board member.

“Her strong skills in law, governance, strategy and strategic relationship management will be great assets for RQ, along with her strong links to North Queensland.

“In coming weeks a new thoroughbred representative will be appointed, as we move to fill a vacancy following the departure of Mark Sowerby.

“I want to pay tribute to Mark Sowerby and fellow outgoing RQ board member Susannah George for their contributions to Queensland racing.

“Both have served RQ well and helped to steer Queensland racing on a path for greater growth and prosperity.”

Racing Queensland Board appointments (effective from 1 May):

Mr Steve Wilson AM (Chairperson) for a term of three years;
Ms Sharon Dawson (Deputy Chairperson) and non-industry member for a period of two years;
Mr Max Walters OAM (non-industry member) for a period of two years;
Ms Jane Seawright (non-industry member) for a period of three years;
Mr Dale Cartwright (greyhound representative) for a period of two years; and
Ms Margaret Reynolds (harness representative) for a period of two years.
Mr Hinchliffe said Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett had also been appointed for a new three-year term, effective 1 July.

“Under Ross Barnett’s leadership, QRIC has been at the forefront of implementing integrity reform in Queensland racing,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to seek stronger animal welfare and integrity measures in racing and will work with QRIC to achieve this.”

Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548

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« 2019-Apr-29, 08:28 PM Reply #1804 »
Why is Hinchcliffe now the "Honourable Stirling Hinchcliffe " . The blokes a complete waste of space. To use the vernacular "couldn't possibly grow a creeper around a Shithouse ".  The real story is that he has always been just a puppet of the Ludwig Family. Everyone in Queensland Racing remembers the distinguished input of that Family into the local Industry. The "Honourable " was banished from running the States train sets because of gross incompetence and now he turns up to oversee the racing industry. Shows how highly the Government values the Industry when they put one of their duds in charge.

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« 2019-Apr-30, 10:37 AM Reply #1805 »
Remember when the ARB's Australian Rules of Racing originally provided that the comtrolling bodies were to be indepent of government.

Probably only of academic interest but of historical value.

Not so long ago the relevant description of the now Principal Racing Associations appeared in the glossary :-

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, [amended 24.10.03; 8.5.06; 1.7.06]
ARB rules 12 oct 2018

All of the appointees to the PRA in QLD were appointed by the Guvment......but it apparently was not considered to render the organisation unable to sit at the ARB table.

Now the amended rules effective from 1 March 2019 delete the passage..."  (provided any Member thereof is not a direct Government appointee)"

1 march 2019
Principal Racing Authority (PRA) means a body (statutory or otherwise) recognised as a principal racing authority under Racing Australia’s Constitution, that has the control and general supervision of racing within a State or Territory, and comprises: (a) Racing New South Wales in New South Wales; (b) Racing Victoria Limited in Victoria; (c) Racing Queensland Board in Queensland; (d) Thoroughbred Racing S.A. Limited in South Australia; (e) Racing and Wagering Western Australia in Western Australia; (f) Tasracing Pty Ltd in Tasmania; (g) Thoroughbred Racing NT in the Northern Territory; and (h) Canberra Racing Club Incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory. prize includes any moneys, cups, trophies or any material gain, award or benefit.

Despite the exclusions contained in the original description......... QLD's control body starting from the first creation has always been admitted to the ARB..... it appears that the chair rotates between the office holders in each of the constituent bodies.....if I recall correctly Bob Bentley aka The Bobster once held this distinguished position ...the current incumbent is a Victorian Mr Greg Nichols.

NEW CHAIR FOR RACING AUSTRALIA
Mr Greg Nichols has been elected Chair of Racing Australia and Mr Russell Balding AO was reelected as Deputy Chair during today’s Board meeting in Sydney.
Mr Nichols has been a Director of Racing Victoria for 7 years and has served on the Board of
Racing Australia since January 2017.
Greg Nichols brings to the role extensive experience of Australian racing. Mr Nichols’ career in
racing began as Secretary/Manager of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club and he went on to senior roles
at the South Australian Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Racing SA, Racing Victoria and as CEO of the
British Horseracing Board. Greg was also Managing Director of Sport at Betfair.
“I feel honoured to be elected as Chair and I’m committed to making Racing Australia the ‘can do’
and proactive organisation needed to ensure the continued growth and success of Australian
Thoroughbred racing.
“As Chairman, my focus will be on the sustainability of Thoroughbred racing nationally, the critical
importance of the welfare of participants and, given the global footprint of racing, using Australian
racing’s scale and success to responsibly contribute and influence international racing.
Mr Nichols follows Frances Nelson QC who had previously indicated that she did not intend to
seek re-election.
Mr Nichols thanked Ms Nelson on behalf of Racing Australia for her tremendous contribution,
dedication and leadership during her term in office.
“Frances presided over an overhaul of Racing Australia’s governance, strengthened links with
international racing bodies and maintained a strong focus on the needs of industry participants,
especially the welfare of Thoroughbreds,” Mr Nichols said.
ENDS/

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« 2019-May-01, 04:55 PM Reply #1806 »


From worse to worser -- they can't  do that

The idea that an administrator -- frustrated in proper legal channels -- can simply deny a person his livelihood at his absolute discretion is surely  nonsense.

Embattled Queensland trainer Ben Currie won’t be allowed to race horses – at least in the short-term – with Racing Queensland invoking a national rule to refuse his nominations for three upcoming meetings.

RQ has enacted AR55 of the Australian Rules of Racing which states a states a Principal Racing Authority may decline to receive or after receiving reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for so doing.

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« 2019-May-01, 08:02 PM Reply #1807 »
Racing Queensland invoke rule to reject Ben Currie nominations
Ben Dorries
12:12PM01 May 2019
Embattled Queensland trainer Ben Currie won’t be allowed to race horses – at least in the short-term – with Racing Queensland invoking a national rule to refuse his nominations for three upcoming meetings.

RQ has enacted AR55 of the Australian Rules of Racing which states a states a Principal Racing Authority may decline to receive or after receiving reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for so doing.

RQ’s move comes after heavy pressure from Queensland Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe which wanted RQ to invoke the national rule in the interests of “protecting the standing and integrity of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival”.

Currie, who had been training under a stay of proceedings, has numerous charges hanging over his career relating to ongoing cases over positive swabs and the alleged use of a “jigger”.

Some of the allegations date back to April last year and none have been resolved in a series of hearings and inquiries.

Racing Queensland’s move currently only applies to three race meetings, but it is understood there is no reason the body could not repeatedly invoke the rule to refuse Currie nominations until the matter is finalised.

“Racing Queensland is to manage and operate codes of racing in a way that ensures public confidence in the racing industry in Queensland,” an RQ statement said.

“RQ has today rejected the nominations from Ben Currie under AR55 for the Lockyer Valley Turf Club (Gatton) meeting on Friday 3 May 2019, Sunshine Coast Turf Club meeting on Friday 3 May 2019 and the Gold Coast Turf Club meeting on Saturday 4 May 2019.

“In taking this action, RQ makes no judgment in relation to the allegations made by the independent Queensland Racing Integrity Commission against Mr Currie.

“RQ has not made any decision about other nominations Mr Currie might make in the future and they will be considered at the relevant time in the circumstances that prevail then.”

In recent times, pressure has been applied to Queensland administrators with racing and breeding operation, Aquis Farm, one of Queensland racing’s biggest participants, announcing it will not race horses under its control in Queensland until “a number of integrity issues are resolved”.

And Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes, a trainer of Aquis Farm horses, supported the Aquis stance, stating his Lindsay Park stable won’t be “encouraging” his owners to race horses in Brisbane during the upcoming carnival until RQ “tidy up their act to make people feel like they want to go up there and play on a level playing field”.

Currie has repeatedly indicated he is not guilty of any of the charges levelled against him, since the investigation into his stable activities began in April last year.

Separate to the RQ action, stewards from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission have this week been deliberating on two charges related to the alleged use of an electrical advice.

Racenet understands Currie's legal team is meeting on Wednesday afternoon to consider the next course of action, with court action a possibility.

ENDS

AR 55  the heavy handed  blunderbuss Principal racing authorities and /or the stewards can invoke without giving reasons...... this rule contradicts all principles of justice .......innocent until proven guilty ...Currie hasn't been proved guilty on any of the charges ..the presumption of innocence has been tossed out the back door despite the  RQ statement attempting to cover its backside ....what arrangements have RQ agreed to for the welfare of the trainer's horses .......is he permitted to continue training them but excluded from racing ....you would think he should be allowed to transfer the horses to another trainer until the issue of his outstanding charges is resolved.
 
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« 2019-May-01, 09:10 PM Reply #1808 »

Pro-bono lawyer required

It is about time that a prominent lawyer in Queensland with a commitment to civil liberties and natural justice saddled his horse and began a ride for freedom from discretionary oppression.

Racing administrators are inclined to wars of attrition -- killing cases with excessive legal costs imposed  on the target.

The problems with racing in Queensland have little to do with one trainer in their sights -- more likely the Queensland government seeing no light at the end of the racing tunnel,  has decided to pull the plug on an industry that has no future and a deplorable past.

RVL is headed down the same road -- there are better uses for spending racing taxes than propping up an industry that for the most part is not viable.


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« 2019-May-02, 06:28 PM Reply #1809 »
RQ DENIES MORE BEN CURRIE NOMINATIONS
Thursday 02 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Racing Queensland has denied trainer Ben Currie's nominations in the near future.

Controversial Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie's legal team is considering its options after he was denied the chance to have any runners at the Queensland long weekend race meetings.

Currie has been the centre of a year-long saga during which he has at various times been asked to defend 42 allegations ranging from race day treatment to using a jigger.

None of the allegations have been resolved despite a long list of inquiries and hearings.

On Wednesday, Racing Queensland used a revamped Australian Racing rule AR 55 to refuse Currie's nominations for meetings at Gatton, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast for Friday or Saturday.

When acceptances were taken on Thursday, RQ used the same rule to deny Currie's nominations for Toowoomba and Ipswich on Saturday and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

The same will apply for Ipswich's Labour Day meeting on Monday.

AR55 in effect says a principal club can refuse any trainer or owner's nominations without giving a reason.

An RQ spokesman said the decision should not be seen as RQ making any determination on Currie's guilt or otherwise on the allegations.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor said he could not comment further other than saying it was new ground in Queensland and careful consideration needed to be given to all options for his client.

ENDS

RQ has lost the integrity function since the separation of powers creating QRIC but under the ARB Rules RQ is the principal racing authority....  strange isn't it that they adopt a piece meal approach by  imposing  AR55 in the first instance for meetings up to and including Saturday at the Coast .....then they repeat the dose today extending the ban to the Monday Labour Day meeting at Ipswich...when RNSW banned Liam Birchley and Ben Currie from nominating in NSW the ban was not limited to any time frame...makes you wonder if RQ is expecting its decisions to be challenged in the courts and maybe they lack confidence that the ban will stick .....QRIC is a statutory authority I'm not sure whether RQ has the same status. :what:

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« 2019-May-03, 05:35 AM Reply #1810 »


This is just not on


The concept of an industry administrator parlaying  rules of association into an absolute discretion to disregard and deny the common law rights of associates is a nonsense -- enforced, historically, by the misuse of an open cheque book to swamp the defence rights of people in its sights.

Where is the rule of law in Queensland?

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« 2019-May-03, 09:15 AM Reply #1811 »
Ben Currie responds to Racing Queensland’s decision to reject his nominations
Tom Boswell, @TomBoswellGCB, Gold Coast Bulletin
May 2, 2019 5:25pm
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CONTROVERSIAL trainer Ben Currie has vowed to fight the latest ban imposed by Racing Queensland as uncertainty surrounds the future of his staff.

The lengthy battle between the Toowoomba trainer and the state’s racing administrators that began in April last year has hit it’s peak following the decision by Racing Queensland to enact AR55 and reject Currie’s nominations for this Saturday’s race meeting at the Gold Coast.

It’s one of the biggest meetings of the year at the Gold Coast track, with prizemoney for each of the nine races on the program ranging between $75,000 and $500,000.

Currie had several horses nominated for the Coast meeting, including stable star Mishani Hustler, who recently won the rich QTIS 3YO Jewel at Eagle Farm.

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Currie was fierce in his response to the ban imposed on Thursday, currently only in place for the Gold Coast meeting and Friday’s meetings at Lockyer Valley and Sunshine Coast.

“We are going to the Supreme Court to appeal it,” Currie said.

“I don’t think they have jurisdiction for a start and obviously I think I’m innocent.

“My biggest disappointment comes with the owners this week.

“We are basically informed horses aren’t allowing to run this Saturday by not allowing the acceptances.

“It seems they are more worried about people outside of Queensland who aren’t even stake holders rather than the actual owners who are already here.


Trainer Ben Currie is seen during the QTIS Jewel Raceday at Aquis Park on the Gold Coast, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AAP Image/Darren England)
“We have a lot of owners out of pocket for this weekend. That and the uncertainty it brings to my staff.

“I have a lot of staff here and a lot of them are on a minimum wage being stable hands and what not.

“There is a lot of uncertainty there and they have families. To pull our horses out on acceptance day leaves everything up in the air.

“We have uncertainty whether we are going to be allowed to nominate going forward.”

“All we have asked for is due process and for this to be allowed to go through the proper legal procedures they have put in place.

“For them to step in and not allow us to do that is pretty ordinary as well.”

AR55 states: “All nominations are subject to the approval of a PRA (Principal Racing Authority) or stewards. Either may decline to receive or after receiving reject any nomination in their absolute discretion and without giving reasons for so doing.”


Trainer Ben Currie is seen during the QTIS Jewel Raceday at Aquis Park on the Gold Coast, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AAP Image/Darren England)
Gold Coast Turf Club officials have voiced their support of Racing Queensland’s decision.

Currie said the uncertainty he referred to was the fact he may have to lay some staff off as the battle to clear his name continues to affect his back pocket.

Currie said he has already spent upwards of $200,000 in legal fees since his battle began over 12 months ago, eased only by a win at court that had Queensland Racing Integrity Commission forced to pay around $100,000 of his fees.

“I’ve been a bit lucky that I don’t have dependence and the expenses and pressures that come with it,” Currie said.

“Also I’ve been a bit lucky with results go our way with a few wins in big races in the last 12 months.

“There is a misconception that I’m dragging things out. That is not the case at all.

“The longer it drags out the more my business and suffers and more legal fees I pay.

“I need an answer as well, the quicker the better.”

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« 2019-May-03, 06:18 PM Reply #1812 »
BEN CURRIE FACES POSSIBLE DISQUALIFICATION
Friday 03 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie is facing a possible disqualification after being found guilty on two counts of bringing racing into disrepute.

Stewards found him guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus, known as a jigger, capable of affecting the performance of two horses.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Currie has been asked to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule and it is up to stewards who can impose anything from a reprimand to a disqualification.

Stewards opened an inquiry into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

Those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry continued on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie still faces a further 40 allegations and has also indicated he could ask for a judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations imposed this week.

Whether the judicial review application goes ahead will depend on Currie's penalty for the AR 175 convictions and whether he can get a stay until an internal review.

Currie, the state's leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

In the meantime several of Currie's owners have tried to transfer their horses to ensure their campaigns are not disrupted but they say they have been stymied with stewards using an Australian Racing rule which gives them the alleged right to deny transfers from a trainer facing charges.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor confirmed he had written to stewards complaining they were wrongly applying the rule AR 23.

He said the move was costing owners money and denying them a chance to race their horses.

A spokesman for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission told AAP it would assess the transfer of horses on a case by case basis.

QRIC Intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie's stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

ENDS

AR175....AR.175. The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise; [amended 1.5.09] [amended 1.12.10][amended 1.6.15] (a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

Under he amended ARB rules effective from 1March 2019 the relevant rule to AR175  is....  AR 229 Corruption, dishonesty and misleading behaviour (1) A person must not: (a) engage in any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing;

Some difference  AR 175 provides charges may be laid on "the opinion of stewards" whether the separation of integrity to QRIC from RQ the PRA has any relevance to the delegation of powers as AR175 states might be an issue QRIC only came into being on 1 January 2016.

 It appears the current rule would require proof of offence not merely an opinion there may have been an offence just an opinion.

As for the owners they shouldn't suffer penalty ...............when Liam Birchley was charged in the Aquanita case he was banned from nominating in NSW but his horse was transferred to a NSW trainer and allowed to run in the race for which Liam or his staff would have nominated it....it won.

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« 2019-May-03, 08:20 PM Reply #1813 »
Courier Mail Political editor Steve Wardill had a swipe at the Hon. Hinchy today writing ..........Has Hinchliffe lost the race?
STIRLING Hinchliffe (pictured), who sacked himself last term only to be rebirthed as the state’s Local Government and Racing Minister, just can’t take a trick.

As he sorts out the crook Logan Council, rumours are swirling that another part of his portfolio has gone rogue. I hear Racing Queensland has signed an “Intention to Lease” deal for flash new digs along King St at Bowen Hills. They started paying rent on May 1. This is despite Hinchliffe explicitly telling RQ mandarins that they can’t dump their Deagon digs until he’s signed off on an alternative use for the facility.

To make matters worse, Deagon is in Hinchliffe’s electorate and the racing body is a sizeable contributor to the local economy.

Hinchliffe’s office adopted a three monkeys’ approach and professed not to know anything about RQ’s move. “Nah mate, that’s it,” says his erstwhile spokesman. RQ didn’t respond.

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IT SEEMS Stirling Hinchliffe’s “see no evil” approach extends to some of his caucus colleagues.

The minister has been ordering RQ not to allow controversial trainer Ben Currie to run his nags in local races. On this occasion they obliged. This came after the minister warned he wouldn’t shake Currie’s hand if he won an award.

However, the moral high ground can be a precarious place for any politician. I hear one of Hinchliffe’s fellow Labor MPs is still part of a horse ownership syndicate with Currie.
Double standards?

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« 2019-May-04, 12:57 PM Reply #1814 »
I'd be fuming if I had a horse Currie.

If you are going to do this then do it from the start & get on with it hearing the charges, instead 12 months down the track they magically invoke a rule like this which just hurts owners.

Once again QLD racing show what a basket case it is  emthdown

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« 2019-May-04, 05:56 PM Reply #1815 »
I hope you are not including those owners who have transferred their horse to Currie in the last 3 or 4 months.

Anyone who did this and there certainly are some would be probably stupid enough to vote for Uncle Clive.

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« 2019-May-06, 09:58 AM Reply #1816 »
https://www.racenet.com.au/news/application-received-for-brett-cavanough-to-take-over-training-of-ben-currie-horses-20190505
UPDATED: Brett Cavanough won't be taking over training of Ben Currie horses
UPDATED: Brett Cavanough won't be taking over training of Ben Currie horses Brett Cavanough.
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8:36AM05 May 2019
NSW trainer Brett Cavanough has on Sunday informed Queensland chief steward Peter Chadwick that he won't be taking over Ben Currie's team of horses at the moment.

Late on Saturday, Queensland stewards received an application from Currie for  Cavanough to take over his horses in Toowoomba.

Controversial trainer Currie was on Friday found guilty of two racing charges that relate to text messages that were sent in relation to the alleged use of an electronic apparatus.

Currie had told owners in a letter that he had appointed Scone-based Cavanough to take over his horses in Toowoomba on an interim basis as Currie fights charges against him.

However on Sunday, Chadwick told Racenet that despite receiving a formal application from Currie, Cavanough had now advised stewards he was staying at Scone and would not take over Currie's team at the moment.

Cavanough is a four-time winner of the country trainers’ premiership in New South Wales and has previously trained out of Toowoomba.

You can read Racenet’s report of the guilty findings against Currie HERE
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That's a set back with BC deciding against moving from Scone perfectly understandable although quite a few trainers have satellite stables in other states ..getting very difficult with limited time to resolve this.

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« 2019-May-06, 05:50 PM Reply #1817 »
BEN CURRIE HORSES MOVED TO OTHER TRAINERS
Monday 06 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Horses have begun to be transferred from Ben Currie to other trainers as inquiries go on.

About 26 horses have been moved from controversial trainer Ben Currie's Toowoomba stables with some entered by other trainers for upcoming meetings.

Currie is barred from nominating horses for meetings after Racing Queensland invoked Australian Racing Rule AR 55.

He has sought a judicial review of the decision which allows RQ to refuse his nominations without giving a reason.

Currie will also be sentenced this week after being found guilty of two counts of bringing racing into disrepute involving text messages.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission chief steward Peter Chadwick said permission had been given for 26 horses to be transferred to other trainers.

"We will treat applications to move horses on a case by case basis," Chadwick said.

"You will see some of the horses have been nominated by other trainers for meetings later this week."

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett released a list of the trainers who had received horses from Currie's stables.

"Lindsay Hatch has received 15, Les Ross has four as does Alyssa Ross. Tony Gollan has got two horses and Cameron Bond one," Barnett said.

Currie has nearly 100 horses and more applications are expected as his position comes clearer.

There had been speculation Scone trainer Brett Cavanough would take control of Currie's stables but he has told QRIC he does not want to do so.

Currie still faces a further 40 allegations which QRIC hopes to resolve in coming weeks.
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« 2019-May-09, 04:42 PM Reply #1818 »
MORE QUEENSLAND COUNTRY MEETINGS GET TAB
Thursday 09 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt
Racing Queensland has negotiated TAB coverage for country race meetings linked to iconic regional tourist events such as the Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival and the Mt Isa Rodeo.

In a media statement RQ announced it would provide TAB opportunities to a further seven regional thoroughbred clubs, including national television coverage on Sky Racing.

The Birdsville Cup retains its status on the TAB circuit in September with the concept expanded across the state to include Barcaldine, Dalby, Emerald, Innisfail, Mount Isa, Warwick and Yeppoon.

"Racing plays an important role in regional communities right across Queensland and we're delighted to be able to showcase them in this manner," RQ deputy chair Sharon Dawson said.

"By providing non-TAB clubs with TAB opportunities we are able to deliver increased prize money for participants, greater wagering returns back to the industry and can broadcast our regional clubs to national and international TV audiences."

Emerald and Innisfail will trial mid-week timeslots on Sky Racing 1.

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Ya gotta give them an A for effort ......whether this extension turns out to be a money spinner we'll have to wait and see.

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« 2019-May-09, 05:24 PM Reply #1819 »
......whether this extension turns out to be a money spinner we'll have to wait and see.

The country club committees in their innocence, will see this as a win, and a vote of confidence in their management, and a big boost for their beloved clubs

BUT . . They will soon come to see that actual race-day attendances will drop to next to nothing, as people realise that they can have the benefits without the inconveniences of travel etc

Exactly what has happened in the larger centres



I see the future of the majority of bush clubs as being reduced to an annual 'Cup Day' and little else . .  :wavecry: . . and I hope that I am wrong

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« 2019-May-10, 03:25 AM Reply #1820 »

Light shining, not seen

If Racing Queensland has 'seen the' light (and the dark) one can only wonder why it is running inflated fields at Doomben tomorrow.

IF RQL is to recover any of its lost glory it must present racing that the punters can 'win'.

............. wait for the dividends declared on Saturday ........... they will say 'do not bet here'.

In NSW the crying need to build confidence in the Kensington track is squandered by administrators chasing the fast buck on a track that will always be suspect until the racing presented gives the punters a chance.

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« 2019-May-12, 09:08 PM Reply #1821 »
  Moved to applicable thread.     
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« 2019-May-14, 02:13 PM Reply #1822 »
  Moved to applicable thread.
 
« Last Edit: 2019-May-16, 03:43 AM by pegasyber »

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« 2019-May-14, 06:16 PM Reply #1823 »


One would hope the integrity of a G1/WFA race was guaranteed.

The issues here were first an expectation that the two favourites would be dominant -- and both ran well -- and second punters generally 'not knowing' that the winner had been readied.

Some did know and tipped it -- it was a known first-upper and if the NZers are to pull one off  in Australia, their best chance is the first run here.

It is a problem with the integrity of racing generally that it is considered 'smart' to get one ready and smoke it in.

.......... knowing that a smart one was ready to go ....would beat he tripe out of any program the pega has.

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« 2019-May-15, 12:18 AM Reply #1824 »
Peter,

If you cannot work out that that race was a target race for the winner and the other roughie there is no hope for you.

Fours


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