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Currieasksforclarityonracingcharges

May4,20194:49pm。

byAAP

LawyersforBenCurriehaveaskedstewardstoindicateonwhichprecedentstheywillbasetheirsentenceofthetrainerontwochargesofbringingracingintodisrepute。

MeanwhileonFridayafternoon,CurrieslawyersfiledanapplicationforaSupremeCourtjudicialreviewofadecisionbyRacingQueenslandtorefusehisnominations。

CurriehadnorunnersatanyofthemeetingsontheQueenslandlongweekendbecauseofthebanandisfacingasimilarsituationfornextweekincludingtheDoomben10,000daynextSaturday。

StewardsfoundCurrieguiltyofengaginginanimproperactionfollowinganinvestigationintotextmessagesrelatingtotheintentiontouseanelectronicapparatuscapable(jigger)affectingtheperformanceoftwohorses。

TheyrelatetothehorsesMassiveAttackin2015andSaidWrittenin2016。

StewardshaveaskedCurrietomakesubmissionsonpenaltywhichwillbeheardnextweek。

StewardsfoundhewasguiltyofbreachingAR175(A)whichcoversconductprejudicialtotheimage,orinterestsandorwelfareofracing。

Thereisnomandatorypenaltyforoffencesundertherulebutitisuptothediscretionofstewards。

TherehavebeenseveralcasesinAustraliainvolvingAR175(A)whichhaveseenpenaltiesrangingfinestodisqualifications。

CurriesbarristerJimMurdochsaidthetrainerslegalteamhadwrittentostewardsaskingforanindicationonwhichprecedentstheywouldberelyingforthesentence。

Itissuchawide-rangingrulethatweneedtobeabletoknowwhatwearereplyingto,hesaid。

MurdochsaiditwasalsoanunusualsituationbecauseitappearedstewardshadfoundCurrieformedanintentiontoformanotherintention。

Hesaidtherewasnodateforthejudicialreviewbecausetherehadtobeatleasttwoworkingdaysbeforeitcouldgoahead。

Butthereviewislikelytobelatenextweekorearlythefollowingweek。

StewardsopenedaninquirylastweekintotwoallegationsofanimalcrueltyagainstCurriebasedontextmessagessentin2015and2016whichindicatedhehadusedorinstructedsomeoneelsetouseajiggeronahorse。

However,thosechargeswerediscontinuedlastweekandtheinquiryproceededonalternatechargesofbringingracingintodisrepute。

Currie,Queenslandsleadingtraineronwinnersthisseason,hasnearly100horsesinworkandastaffof15。

QRICintendstocontinuewithinquiriesinto28chargesarisingfromaraidonCurriesstablesinearlyAprillastyear。

Itwillalsopursuesevenchargesarisingfromothertextmessagesandholdhearingsintofiveallegedpositiveswabs。