Further two year disqualification for Ben Currie

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have disqualified Toowoomba thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie for two years after he was found guilty of 12 race day treatment charges under the Australian Rules of Racing.

In five breaches of AR 178E (race day treatment without permission) Mr Currie as the trainer caused the administration of a medication to five horses on 24 March 2018, the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton.

In a further seven charges under AR.178E Mr Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on 7 April 2018, the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba.

Mr Currie will serve his two year disqualification in addition to the penalty reviewed today by the internal reviewer for breaching AR175(a).

Stewards are continuing to consider submissions on penalty after Mr Currie was found guilty of five prohibited substance charges earlier this week.

Internal review decision

The internal review of Mr Currie’s four year disqualification for two breaches of AR175(a) has confirmed last month’s guilty verdict and reduced his penalty to 30 months.

Mr Currie was found to have engaged 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.