Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Lawyers for Ben Currie have asked stewards to indicate on which precedents they will base their sentence of the trainer on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Meanwhile on Friday afternoon, Currie’s lawyers filed an application for a Supreme Court judicial review of a decision by Racing Queensland to refuse his nominations.

Currie had no runners at any of the meetings on the Queensland long weekend because of the ban and is facing a similar situation for next week including the Doomben 10,000 day next Saturday.

Stewards found Currie guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable (jigger) affecting the performance of two horses.

They relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Stewards have asked Currie to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule but it is up to the discretion of stewards.

There have been several cases in Australia involving AR 175 (A) which have seen penalties ranging fines to disqualifications.

Currie’s barrister Jim Murdoch said the trainer’s legal team had written to stewards asking for an indication on which precedents they would be relying for the sentence.

“It is such a wide-ranging rule that we need to be able to know what we are replying to,” he said.

Murdoch said it was also an unusual situation because it appeared stewards had found Currie formed an intention to form another intention.

He said there was no date for the judicial review because there had to be at least two working days before it could go ahead.

But the review is likely to be late next week or early the following week.

Stewards opened an inquiry last week into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

However, those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry proceeded on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie, Queensland’s leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

QRIC intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie’s stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

Meanwhile, stewards say they have not received an application for Scone trainer Brett Cavanough to take over Currie’s stables at Toowoomba.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Star stayer Zaaki returns a positive pre-race sample

Racing NSW stewards have fined trainer Annabel Neasham after Zaaki returned a positive pre-race sample during the Sydney autumn carnival....

Peter Moody

Peter Moody thinks Sandown should not be sold

Champion trainer Peter Moody has reiterated the call of fellow trainer Mick Kent for the Melbourne Racing Club not to sell...

Hall Of Fame trainer hospitalised after track accident

An accident at Morphettville trackwork has resulted in trainer Leon Macdonald being hospitalised. Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald...

Top jockey banned for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing official

Top New Zealand jockey Jason Waddell has been banned from racing for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing...

TAB secures exciting sprinter for The Everest

TAB has secured arguably Australia’s most exciting sprinter, Lost And Running, as its representative in this year’s $15 million TAB...

Watch 📺 Frankel’s daughter beats Black Caviar’s daughter

The babies of the champions have long held appeal with race goers. And, today at Flemington, the youngest offspring of...

Allan Endresz launches legal proceedings against racing bodies

Remember Alligator Blood? Of course, you do even though the horse has not run for seven months. The then David...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or