QRIC to appeal Currie penalty verdict

A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has appealed the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) decisions that reduced penalty on convictions against former Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie.

QCAT delivered its penalty judgements on 2 July 2020 on three prohibited substance penalties.

QRIC Stewards found Mr Currie guilty after he presented three horses, Shakira, Dreamscope and Eight Over to race at Toowoomba in 2018 – 2019. 

The Commission has appealed the QCAT decision relating to Mr Currie bringing Shakira to race with testosterone in its system in January 2018, which the Tribunal reduced to no penalty.

It has also appealed the penalty decision relating to Mr Currie bringing Dreamscope to race with Cocaine and Benzolecgonine in its system in September 2018. The penalty for this conviction was reduced from six months disqualification to a $5000 fine.

The hearing will be held on a date to be fixed.

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