Currie Stood Down by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Ben Currie has yet to be accused of sending his horses to Collective Minds, but the list of charges against the Queensland based trainer had seven more charges added to it by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.
The new charges are related to the allegations that Currie was using jiggers and unauthorised shockwave and raceday treatments.
Imagine a future for Australian Thoroughbred racing when the last two left standing are Chris Waller and James Cummings, with Ciaron Maher coming along to disrupt the parades at Flemington and Randwick that are being passed off as race meetings.
Then, out of the clear blue, the stewards confiscate Waller’s mobile and find the latest version of the Horseygofaster app and stand him down as well.
Currie has been stood down and given 10 days to find new homes for the horses in his care. He was summoned to a hearing to show cause to justify why he should be allowed to continue training.
It has been a case of legal maneuvering par excellance, as Currie was already under scrutiny from charges laid in November and December of 2018.
Currie was banned from the Doomben meeting Saturday past, but managed to have horse Mr Markou win the $75,000 Queensland Chinese Jockey Club (1200 m) race at the meeting. Currie had Eight Over in the fifth race, but that horse was scratched. Mr. Markou had been entered in the eighth race, but was scratched to be in the prior race.
The racing integrity units of the various states might want to consider removing the word integrity, as it seems that the cheaters are stealing the march on them at every opportunity. If the QRIC should get its hooks into Tony Gollan, Brisbane could be turned into a one-horse town.
The QRIC issued a terse statement on Currie, saying, “Stewards made their decision in the interests of the integrity and reputation of the sport as it is paramount.”