Ben Currie application rejected
The news didn’t get any better for disqualified trainer Ben Currie on Thursday.
Racing Queensland issued a brief statement on Thursday afternoon, outlining that Currie had made an application for the governing body to accept his nominations.
However, the Supreme Court of Queensland dismissed Currie’s application and ordered him to pay RQ’s costs.
Also on Thursday, Queensland Racing Intergrity Commission stewards issued a statement announcing that Mark Currie, father of Ben, had pleaded guilty to two raceday administration charges.
Mark Currie pleaded guilty to administering medication to horses on two separate occasions without the permission of stewards on the same day they raced at Doomben (March 24) and Toowoomba (April 7) last year.
Mark Currie was suspended for 12 months on each charge, the penalty wholly suspended for a year, and fined $7500.
A restriction has been placed on Mark Currie’s licence for a period of three months – until August 16 the maximum number of horses he can train is 40. He is also unable to train those horses that were formerly trained by Ben Currie, except for an agreed list of horses that are owned or part owned by
Donna and Mark Currie.
At the expiry of the three-month period, the transfer of any horses will be at the discretion of the stewards.
Thursday’s settlement is the result of the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal appeal of Mark Currie’s two-year disqualification in May last year for 16 raceday-treatment-related charges.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the decision to bring these proceedings to finality resulted in part from legal advice about the inability of the Commission to make key witnesses available due to ongoing health issues.
“In these circumstances I considered that an indeterminate further lengthy delay in these proceedings was not in the interests of racing and a negotiated settlement was appropriate,” Barnett said.
“Today’s decision brings to four the number of Currie Racing employees who have been convicted over breaches of the rules of racing at the Currie Racing stable.”