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Qld Gallops / QRIC
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 03:09 PM  »
You heard it here first.

Royal Warfare wins race six at Toowoomba number 4

Carries number 5 saddlecloth.

Unimageable is no 5 carries no 4 saddlecloth.

When will this stop !!

Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Supplementary Stewards Report: From Toowoomba 11 May 2019
Date: 2 June 2019
Panel: R. Hitchener, E. Barron, J Childs
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into
the circumstances surrounding ROYAL WARFARE and UNIMAGINEABLE racing whilst
wearing the incorrect saddlecloth numbers in Race 6 at the Toowoomba Turf Club on 11
May 2019.
During the inquiry it was identified that upon weighing out App. M Savva (ROYAL
WARFARE) incorrectly identified the required saddlecloth for that runner and therefore
presented the incorrect saddlecloth to the Trainer Mr M Boland. Mr Boland advised the
inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by App. Savva he failed check that the
saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
It was further identified that Jockey M Palmer (UNIMAGINEABLE) was the last rider to weigh
out for this event, and therefore, as there was only one remaining saddlecloth for selection,
he took possession of this saddlecloth and presented it to that gelding’s trainer Mr B
Robinson without checking the number he had collected. Subsequently due to the earlier
failure of App. Savva this led to the incorrect saddlecloth being provided to Mr Robinson. Mr
Robinson advised the inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by Jockey Palmer
he failed check that the saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
After giving consideration to the evidence provided by all parties the following penalties were
applied for negligence under AR 227 which led to a breach AR207 which requires that every
horse running in a race must carry a saddlecloth bearing the number which corresponds with
the number of the horse in the race bookApp. M Savva- $100.
Jockey. M Palmer- $100.
Trainer M. Boland- Reprimand.
Trainer B Robinson- Reprimand.
A review into the failure of Stewards to identify the error at the horse check in point has been
provided to the Chief Steward for consideration.


Explanations show extreme carelessness on the part of the connections....but the stewards who are responsible for checking runners before they go onto the track were seriously deficient  to not pick up on theses discrepancies.....I think .there might be  another post on this somewhere where the racecaller picked up the error.
Giddy Up :thumbsup:
Jockey / Everything Jockeys
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 01:34 PM  »
Wednesday 26 June, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Queensland jockey Luke Tarrant has been banned for a month on betting charges.

Caloundra-based jockey Luke Tarrant has been suspended for a month on betting charges despite claiming a bogus account had been set up in his name without his knowledge.

Stewards opened an inquiry into a report received from corporate bookmaker Ladbrokes, regarding alleged betting activities by Tarrant.

After taking initial evidence earlier this month the inquiry was adjourned until this week to obtain further material and hear submissions from Tarrant.

After considering the evidence Tarrant was charged with offences under racing rules which bar jockeys from betting.

Stewards alleged Tarrant places three bets totalling $55 on international thoroughbred races on March 18 and May 4 .

The bets were made using an account in his name.

Tarrant pleaded not guilty to the charge and in defence argued the account had been fraudulently made in his name and that he had no knowledge of the bets.

However, stewards said they were satisfied here was sufficient personal information provided to Ladbrokes, and therefore on the balance of probabilities, Tarrant was the holder of the account and responsible for the bets in question.

Tarrant was suspended for a month starting on Sunday at midnight and expiring at midnight on July 30.

Tarrant has the option to lodge an application for an internal review.

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« Last post by arthur on 2019-Jun-26, 01:33 PM  »
Would be interesting to see a breakdown of the 89 into age groups . .

Would be quite a few who will need chauffeurs if the current Qld 'war' on aging drivers is successful

My guess as to the oldest, would be Jim Turner (an ex-MLA) who fields at 'bush' meetings around Central Qld . . I would put him at one side or the other of 90
Qld Gallops / QRIC
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 01:13 PM  »
Two more arrests in relation to Ben Currie police investigation

Ben Dorries Article Author

12:05PM26 June 2019
Queensland Police have arrested and charged another two men with aggravated fraud in connection with a suspected horse racing doping network.

Disgraced trainer Ben Currie was on Tuesday arrested and charged with aggravated fraud, facing allegations he sourced performance enhancing substances for his horses and dishonestly claimed the winnings.

Police will allege he “engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November, 2016 and March 2019.

Now police have arrested and charged a further two men with fraud following a 14-month long investigation by officers from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

"The charges are the result of Operation Quebec Creed, an investigation into suspected doping practices by a network of people involved in the thoroughbred racing industry," a police statement said.

"A 49-year-old man from Forestdale has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated fraud, and bailed to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16, 2019.

"A 41-year-old male from Lockyer Waters, has also been arrested with one count of aggravated fraud and bailed to appear at Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15, 2019.

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

"These charges follow yesterday’s arrest of a 28-year-old Toowoomba man."

It is believed the two men arrested are not licensed horse racing participants.

Currie is currently banned from training for 7-1/2 years for offences ranging from alleged use of electrical devices, race day treatments and a number of swab irregularities, including the discovery of cocaine in two of his horses.

You can read Racenet's story from Tuesday on the arrest of Ben Currie and the fraud charge he is facing by reading HERE

* Comments have been turned off on this story due to the ongoing nature of the matter *

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Qld Gallops / QRIC
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 12:44 PM  »
Downfall of a stable that flouted rules

BEN Currie’s standing as a successful trainer came into question the moment CCTV footage of his father Mark and another stable employee Greg Britnell administering a substance on race days emerged last year.

Britnell was filmed orally administering a substance to several horses on the morning they were to race at Toowoomba’s Weetwood meeting on April 7 last year.

This happened despite a warning 24 hours earlier by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) that it would have “an increased presence” at that meeting.

Further footage showed Mark Currie administering a substance on race day the previous month.

Under questioning, both Britnell and Currie admitted it was outside the rules to do what they had done

– regardless of what the substance was – on a race day, knowing full well that the cut-off is one full clear day before racing (in the case of a Saturday race, this being midnight on a Thursday).

It showed the stable was operating outside the very clearly stated rules of racing. It also opened up the Pandora’s Box of Ben Currie’s personal phone records, which later led to a suite of charges being laid against him by the QRIC.

At the present time, the count

stands at 7½ years’ disqualification, with another two lots of

charges still to be determined.

That same investigation led police to the criminal charges that were laid against the trainer yesterday. Currie has consistently protested his innocence and openly ridiculed stewards and associated QRIC officials over the charges and penalties handed to him. But his written heroics will amount to nothing if the fraud charges stick.

A conviction for any fraud offence means a person cannot hold a licence, effectively ending his training career.

What once was the most promising young training career in the state now lies in tatters, with the determination of a court to decide if he will ever gain redemption.

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Jockey / Suspended Jockeys
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 12:30 PM  »
Thanks gunbower I wasn't aware of his movement interstate except  that he rode a winner I was on saturday at well over the odds Commander.

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« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 12:25 PM  »
The question has been answered how many bookies are licensed in QLD   89  according to QRIC's discussion paper released today.

Way back in June 1963 at the Brisbane Cup meeting at Eagle Farm there were 83 in the Paddock another 124 in the St Leger and Flat ......some big names amongst them not frightened to take a decent bet...Jim Watson , Digger Lobb ,Artie Griffiths ,Clive Marsh , Jack Hannay Snr ,Billy McLead ,Frank Burke ,Doug Boyle ,Kevin Kent , Stan Schluter , Rae Harris , Jack Steen ,  Jack Lacey , Graham Young , son of Taggie, Harry Hood ,Merv Cooper in the leger then as was Brian Ogilvie.

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Qld Gallops / QLD Appeal Process Needs Reform
« Last post by Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 12:11 PM  »
There's quite a lot of reading in the discussion paper some of which I have condensed to a short summary of the main issues as I see them others may have different views the option to make a submission is not restricted to licensees all stakeholders whether owners punters or the occasional racegoer who have an interest in all or any of the three codes are invited to send in their thoughts you never know your suggestion might be the correct solution to this long going problem in the present unsatisfactory appeals process with long delays and expense which will be revealed in the following extracts .

There are a number of matters outside the scope of this review of the Racing Integrity Act as follows:-

Matters out of scope of the review
With regard to the internal and external review mechanisms contained in the Racing Integrity Act, it should be noted that matters relating to the powers and processes of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (QCAT) are provided for by separate legislation and cannot be addressed through amendments to the Racing Integrity Act.

The following issues are also out of scope of this consultation process: • formation of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission; and • the appointment of a full-time Commissioner.

Other matters are out of scope as they relate to the functions and powers of RQ or matters under the Racing Act.

These include matters relating to: • the single three-code governance model of RQ; • prize-money and race day allocations; • nominations of animals to race; • regulation of clubs; • infrastructure funding; and • corporate bookmakers and race information authorities.

 In the event, you would like to discuss an issue relating to the functions and powers of RQ mentioned above, please contact RQ via telephone (07) 3869 9777 or email info@

Respondents are encouraged to identify issues and propose solutions that are within the scope of the Racing Integrity Act.

Background In 2016, following the Queensland Greyhound Racing Commission of Inquiry (also known as the MacSporran report), the Queensland Government overhauled racing integrity in Queensland, implementing the Racing Integrity Act and creating the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

The Commission, which has been in operation since 1 July 2016, is responsible for imposing an integrity regime and implementing an agenda that keeps racing animals safe, on and off the track. It also ensures those who work in the industry can work in a safe environment and everyone can have confidence that racing in Queensland is carried out on a level playing field.

The Commission has demonstrated its commitment to tackling animal cruelty; race fixing; doping; and other illegal activities in the racing industry.

The Commission’s achievements illustrate its value as Queensland’s first independent racing integrity and animal welfare body.

Community members and those involved in the racing industry are invited to make comments about the issues associated with the new legislative regime to help the Government decide if changes are necessary and if so, how best to deliver a strong and practicable review mechanism to support the industry into the future.

A discussion paper on the future of racing regulation in Queensland is now available and the Commission encourages the community to read it and respond to the questions within it.

Since 1 July 2016, the Commission’s stewards have made more than 4000 original decisions, with 287 internal reviews sought. Of the 287 internal reviews undertaken, 79 amended the original decision meaning approximately 2% of the Commission’s original decisions are amended at internal review.

QCAT does not have, and is not presently funded to have, a dedicated ‘racing list’ to deal specifically with these external reviews.

Applications for external review are dealt with in QCAT’s Civil and Administrative Division, which encompasses a wide variety of jurisdictions ranging from building disputes to occupational regulation.

Within that Division, there are a broad range of administrative decisions which are subject to external review by QCAT. Matters of external review under the Racing Integrity Act and the Rules of Racing comprise only one of the many types of decisions which are reviewed by QCAT.

Discussion Questions: 1. Is the internal review process improving the consistency of the original decisions made and associated penalties issued by the Commission?
2. Do the issues summarised above sufficiently capture concerns about the current review mechanisms offered by the Racing Integrity Act?

3. If not, what other issues need to be considered to ensure more timely, consistent and transparent decisions?

4. Do you have any other comments on internal reviews?

An application for a stay of proceedings handled by the Commission may also lower the cost in both time and money for participants.

Applicants are currently required to pay $338.20 for an application for a stay of proceedings and the Commission is required to contribute $460 for each application.
This is just the application fee and does not include any legal fees that may otherwise be involved. Based on the number of applications where the Commission consented to a stay, this option would save approximately $72,000 a year.

An alternative way of addressing concerns related to the exploitation of stays, could involve removing the option of a stay in certain, serious circumstances, such as serious animal cruelty and integrity matters.

Discussion Questions:
6. Are there reasons why stay applications should not be made directly to the Commission in the first instance for internal review applications?

7. In what circumstances, if any, should a stay not be available to a racing industry participant who has been penalised under the Rules of Racing, Racing Integrity Act or other legislation?

8. What other protections and safeguards should be considered to ensure a fair and just outcome for participants whose penalties may be subsequently overturned at review?

Compulsory conferences

Currently, QCAT may direct parties to attend one or more compulsory conferences.

The purposes of a compulsory conference for a proceeding, as stated under the QCAT Act, are as follows—
a. to identify and clarify the issues in dispute in the proceeding;
b. to promote a settlement of the dispute the subject of the proceeding;
c. to identify the questions of fact and law to be decided by the tribunal;
d. if the proceeding is not settled, to make orders and give directions about the conduct of the proceeding;
 e. to make orders and give directions the person presiding over the conference considers appropriate to resolve the dispute the subject of the proceeding.
A compulsory conference costs the Commission $825.

In addition to this cost, both parties may incur fees associated with legal representation. A compulsory conference also means proceedings and the outcome of the review are delayed. Within the context of the current model, whereby external review is preceded by internal review, there may be limited benefit in requiring parties to attend a compulsory conference.

This is because the matters that form the dispute, including the questions of fact and law, are clearly identified through the internal review process.

As matters have already been internally reviewed, the positions of each party in relation to a proceeding have already been established and are unlikely to be resolved at the conference.

There may be benefit in holding a compulsory conference for persons that do not have legal representation. For example, this process may help to ensure that all issues are clearly identified prior to any hearing.

By contrast, where a person engages legal representation, the matters of dispute are generally well defined and understood. Directions may still be given regarding any new evidence or matters of dispute that arise. As such, it could be considered that compulsory conferences do not add sufficient value where a person has engaged legal representation.


It seems that QCAT is here to stay without some change to their case management system or creating a specific racing panel QRIC has to work around them NSW there's no involvement with NCAT just two appeal bodies the Appeal Panel headed by Richard Beasley SC, the esteemed author of a number of great novels, and the Tribunal consisting of Mr D B Armarti who hears and determines appeals from the Tribunal ....whilst in Victoria VCAT's role  is to be limited no later than 1 August ........The Hon. Hinchy doesn't appear to have made any pleadings or have any influence on his cabinet colleagues to eliminate QCAT entirely or reduce its involvement as forecast by the Victorian Guvment.....also it's possible he realises it would create a precedent that the rest of the Occupational Regulation Panel contingent would possibly want for themselves...and would be a wasted effort.

One interesting figure emerged from the publication is there are 89 licensed bookmakers operating under QRIC  I expect that includes the corporates a far cry from the good old days in Brisbane where at the QTC meeting on Brisbane Cup day in June 1963 there were 83 in the Paddock another 124 in the St Leger and Flat ......some big names amongst them not frightened to take a decent bet...Jim Watson , Digger Lobb ,Artie Griffiths ,Clive Marsh , Jack Hannay Snr ,Billy McLead ,Frank Burke ,Doug Boyle ,Kevin Kent , Stan Schluter , Rae Harris , Jack Steen ,  Jack Lacey , Graham Young , son of Taggie, Harry Hood ,Merv Cooper in the leger then as was Brian Ogilvie.

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« Last post by Racehorses on 2019-Jun-26, 11:55 AM  »
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International Racing / Japanese Racing
« Last post by specialweek2 on 2019-Jun-26, 11:31 AM  »
Kiseki and Roger Barows Longchamp bound.