Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant suspended effective immediately

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has suspended Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant after he was found guilty of drugs charges earlier this week.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said in accordance with the Commission’s Thoroughbred Standard for a licensing scheme the Commission may immediately suspend any licence where allegations or charges of a criminal nature which require the Commission to exercise a duty of care to participants or animals to safeguard the integrity of the Queensland racing industry.

“Jockey safety and animal welfare are our highest priority when making these decisions,” he said.

Mr Tarrant was found guilty on Wednesday of a series of drug possession charges from February, April, May and July this year.