Queensland Racing Integrity Commission appeals Currie’s lighter penalties
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has appealed the decision in early July that saw reduced penalties on prohibited substance charges against former Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.
On July 2, penalties relating to use in horses of prohibited substances such as testosterone and cocaine were either reduced to no penalty or varied to a fine by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
QCAT delivered its decisions on three prohibited substance penalties against Currie, who was originally sentenced to a disqualification of three-and-a-half years on a series of offences.
A QRIC statement on Thursday read: “QRIC stewards found Mr Currie guilty after he presented three horses, Shakira, Dreamscope and Eight Over to race at Toowoomba in (season) 2018/19.
“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.”