Trainer Ben Currie faces a fresh stewards inquiry. Picture: AAP
Trainer Ben Currie faces a fresh stewards inquiry. Picture: AAP

Currie facing new stewards inquiry

WITH 28 charges emanating from this year's Weetwood Day still unresolved, Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie faces a fresh stewards inquiry in the new year owing to three swab irregularities.

Currie has been notified by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission that he has three positive swab results pertaining to races from last season.

QRIC says prohibited substances had been detected in samples taken from Wicked Trilogy, a winner at Kilcoy on December 2 last year, Shakira, a winner at Toowoomba on January 28 this year, and Karaharaga, who finished eighth at Rockhampton on July 6.

Stewards have scheduled an inquiry into the swab results to begin on January 14 next year.

The matter is separate to the 28 charges which arose out of an investigation that followed Toowoomba's Weetwood meeting on April 7 this year.

 

Currie was charged mid-year but the hearing into those charges has been delayed until possibly midway through next year, with Currie's legal team seeking a Supreme Court Judicial Review.

A hearing has been scheduled in Brisbane's Supreme Court for February 22, with Currie seeking an order that his legal representatives be allowed into the inquiry when it resumes. He is also seeking an order for QRIC to provide further particulars in relation to the 28 charges.

Ben Currie has been notified he has three positive swab results pertaining to races from last season.
Ben Currie has been notified he has three positive swab results pertaining to races from last season. Kevin Farmer

The hearing into the 28 charges will not begin until that ruling is given.

From the same Weetwood Day investigation, Currie's father Mark has appealed to QCAT against a two-year disqualification on 16 raceday treatment charges, while stable employee Greg Britnell was disqualified for 18 months on 15 race day treatment charges.

In relation to the three positive swab results announced yesterday, Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett conceded there had been a "significant delay" in commencing formal proceedings, particularly those from December 2017 and January 2018, which came about because more testing was required.

"While Mr Currie was notified of those positive swab results when they were originally confirmed, further testing conducted after he was notified in relation to one of the prohibited substances detected delayed the usual commencement of a Stewards Inquiry for several months," Barnett said.

"That delay has fortuitously allowed these three matters to now be determined together."

Currie has a previous positive swab case from a race at Toowoomba in July 2016.

He was originally fined $9000 and Party Till Dawn was disqualified for testing positive to a methamphetamine. The fine was later reduced to $5000 on appeal.

News Corp Australia

All you need is Jazz and Gumbo in Nimbin

All you need is Jazz and Gumbo in Nimbin

The Magnificence band will offer New Orleans-style music

The dole is not the future for striking students

The dole is not the future for striking students

Chidlren should be seen and heard inside AND outside the classroom

Winning structures unveiled in uni's design competition

Winning structures unveiled in uni's design competition

The Lismore Quad has welcomed it's latest additions

Local Partners