13 racehorse trainers charged in Queensland drugs investigation

13 racehorse trainers charged in Queensland drugs investigation





More than a dozen Queensland racing participants have been charged by the state’s racing integrity commission with possession of unregistered substances. Thirteen thoroughbred trainers, one stablehand and a jockey were charged on Tuesday with allegedly procuring substances or preparations by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

“The alleged breaches are as a result of a state-wide investigation into the alleged procurement of substances or preparations in breach of Australian Rule of Racing 256(2)(a)(iii),” QRIC said in a statement.

“[The rule states] 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.

“Those charged are trainers John Zielke, Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Christopher Tapiolas, Ian Shaw, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes, Kevin Miller, Darryl Hansen, Darryl Gardiner, Kristy Best, and Trinity Bannon, stablehand Andrew Minton and jockey Mark Barnham.”







Stewards have requested submissions in writing or at an inquiry on a date to be fixed.

QRIC did not say which substances were allegedly found in the investigation.

Queensland racing has been in the spotlight in the past month after leading trainers, including Robert Heathcote, called for an overhaul of the sport’s integrity systems.

But in response to Heathcote’s claims that “doping is rife” in Queensland, Queensland’s racing integrity commissioner Ross Barnett last month told  The Age he had no evidence to support the claims.

“While I would never dismiss the claims of any trainer who believes there is a problem, the evidence we have does not support Mr Heathcote’s claims as to current frequency of the illegal conduct,” he said at the time.