Four year disqualification for Ben Currie

Toowoomba Thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been disqualified effective immediately for four years after Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards considered submissions on penalty after finding him guilty on Friday 3 May of two breaches of AR175(a).

Mr Currie is guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses. Stewards today disqualified him for two years for each offence, to be served cumulatively.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016 when Mr Currie was their trainer.

Stewards have directed Mr Currie to feed, water and care for his horses, exercising them by hand walking or on a walking machine.

He has until 4pm on 17 May 2019 to have all of the horses in his care dispersed to trainers subject to the approval of the stewards.