Text messages allege Ben Currie use of jiggers

POSTED ON  |  11-03-2019

Cellphone text message
Text messages alleging trainer Ben Currie has used electrical devices on his horses have been published in a Brisbane newspaper. The Courier-Mail newspaper reported Currie sent texts to unknown recipients including the term ‘harped up’ with Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards to allege the term refers specifically to jigger usage.

One message sent by Currie on March 5, 2017 reads, “Harped him up Wednesday morning. Changed his shoeing, Tried two new pain killers and drenching him tomorrow. Haha.” Another message sent on July 26, 2017 in response to an inquiry into the chances of a horse racing at Gatton reads, “Yep harped up, claim, mile 3rd up. Surely.”

Toowoomba-based Currie faces 28 charges arising from a raid on his stables in April last year and a further four other unrelated positive swab charges. Currie was suspended by Queensland Racing Integrity Commision stewards in February, following the issuing of seven new charges including two related to the alleged use of a jigger.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards deemed Currie was not a fit person to continue training pending the outcome of an inquiry and stood him down him immediately. However, Currie lodged an application for an internal review which allowed his lawyers to seek a stay of proceedings from the QCAT.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has reconvened in Brisbane on Monday.

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