Welcome to another week of The Last Stride and what a week!!
Firstly, details of the new The Last Stride is not far off and it will feature a weekly segment - "A cook book of a different kind - not so hot Curries". This will be a good read with various screen shots, photos, etc. detailing events of the last three years.
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It's Shawkshank Redemption meets IT :)
Mark Currie pleads guilty to race day administration charges!!
Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie has pleaded guilty to two race day administration charges.
By agreement between the parties, Mr Currie pleaded guilty to that without the permission of the stewards he caused the administration of a medication to horses on 24 March and 7 April, 2018 on the same day they raced at Toowoomba and Brisbane.
Mr Currie has been suspended for 12 months on each charge, wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $7500.
A restriction has been placed on his licence for a period of three months; until 16 August the maximum number of horses he can train is 40.
Mr Currie is also unable to train those horses that were formerly trained by Currie Racing 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 QCAT appeal of Mr Currie's two year disqualification in May last year of 16 race day 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.
"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."
Mark Currie is one very lucky individual, he's got off light.
Anybody that can treat another trainer's horse (Ben Currie being the registered trainer) on race-day and walk away without spending time on the side leaves me astonished.
And the claim that the alleged substance administered was Boost Paste is certainly questionable.
On the vision we saw, the daylight pictures show Mark Currie treating a horse with a substance that is not the alleged Boost Paste. He is meticulous in the treatment of the horse, cleaning it's mouth & face, giving the syringe to stable staff to dispose of, etc. The only people that know what that product was is the individuals involved.
The vision in the early hours IS more than likely Boost Paste but once again it can't be proven. Mark Currie treats the horses and just castes the syringe aside with the stable dog licking it clean, totally different body language and scenario.
I guess in the end we just have to take trainer Ben Currie's word for it!!!!
I think it is worth noting, Mark Currie wasn't charged for the products used, he plead guilty to race-day treatments which is illegal under the Australian Rules of Racing.
Ben Currie on social media as usual has made riduculous claims that the QRIC had nothing. Well a $7000 fine plus many restrictions placed on his fathers license to train says otherwise. I mean to say, Ben has stated numerous times that the Stewards have no idea of the rules with the treatments being legal.
And talking of "fools" (his words not mine).
From Just Horse Racing -
Ben Currie has failed in an application to the Supreme Court for a temporary order preventing Racing Queensland from refusing his nominations.
RQ invoked a recently revamped Australian Racing rule AR55 which it says allows it to refuse Currie's nominations.
It meant a large number of horses have been transferred from Currie's stables to other trainers so they can continue racing.
Currie sought an interlocutory injunction which would have prevented RQ implementing the rule until a full hearing and determination of the use of the rule.
After hearing several hours of legal argument, Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton refused the application on Thursday.
Currie is listed to appear in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday seeking a stay of a four year disqualification.
Stewards imposed the disqualification after finding Currie guilty on two charges involving text messages which allegedly involved use of jiggers.
Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor said his client was now considering his position in regards to both applications.
The trainer still faces other charges yet to be heard by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission arising from a raid on his stables in early April last year.
End of article.
After Ben Currie's four year disqualification last week, he took to TWITTER to vent his spline.
"2 years for sending a text message. That will do me. Cannot wait for an independent court and embarrassing these fools."
Currie said he has appeal hearings locked in for QCAT and the Supreme Court next week, with the aim of returning to training on May 20.
Well that won't be happening and I can't see Ben Currie back training anytime soon.
After Thursday's loss at the Supreme Court, Ben Currie pulled the pin on going to QCAT Friday to seek a stay of his four year disqualification.
Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton rejected Currie's application saying, "Making an injunction in the terms sought would cut across the Australian rules of racing".
I have said numerous times, once you sign on the dotted line to accept your trainers license, you agree to uphold the Australian Rules of Racing, no exceptions. Trainer Ben Currie has now found out the hard and expensive way that he is not above the law having had his case rejected and not only paying his legal fees but Racing Queensland's as well.
Matthew 5:22 -
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire."
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