Seven racing participants fined after substance procurement breaches

5 January 2021

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have inquired into 7 of the 15 racing participants charged in June last year with allegedly procuring substances or preparations following a state-wide investigation.

All seven participants have been fined for breaching Australian Rule of Racing 256(2)(a)(iii).

A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation.

Trainer Darryl Gardiner, trainer Kevin Miller and jockey and former trainer Mark Barnham pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined $1000, former foreman Andrew Minton was found guilty and fined $2000 and stable hand Christopher Tapiolas, trainer Ian Shaw and trainer John Zielke were found guilty and fined $1000.

Inquiries are ongoing and yet to be completed for the remaining eight participants; Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes, Darryl Hansen, Kristy Best and Trinity Bannon who are facing the same alleged breaches of the rules.

Media contact Vincene Overs 0472 842 346

Note to media Stewards reports for all completed Inquiries are published on the QRIC website.