Stewards set to appeal Ben Currie’s penalty reductions

Queensland stewards have appealed decisions which reduced the sentences for two offences committed by disqualified Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.

In a media release on Thursday, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission outlined it had appealed the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decisions that reduced penalty on convictions for Currie

QCAT delivered its penalty judgements on July 2 on three prohibited substance penalties.

QRIC Stewards found Currie guilty after he presented three horses, Shakira, Dreamscope and Eight Over to race at Toowoomba in 2018 and 2019, with prohibited substances.

The Commission appealed the QCAT decision relating to 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 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 Eight Over penalty of a disqualification, which has since elapsed, was not appealed.

Appeals against QCAT are heard by a board within the QCAT structure.

No date has been set for the appeals.

Currie is sidelined while he faces criminal charges which are yet to be heard.

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