Australian trainer Ben Currie has had his licence suspended with immediate effect by the authorities in Queensland, pending a full hearing into alleged welfare breaches.
Currie went before the Queensland Racing Intergrity Commission on Monday in a bid to persuade them to allow him to continue training until the main inquiry into seven charges issued last Friday, including the alleged use of ‘jiggers’ and unauthorised shockwave therapy.
A QRIC statement said: “Stewards made the decision in the interests of the integrity and reputation of the sport as it is paramount.
“Stewards have ruled that all horses trained, owned, part-owned or leased by Mr Currie shall not participate in any official race or trial, and shall not be allowed to nominate for any race or trial.
“Mr Currie has been provided with 10 days to provide for the welfare of the horses in his care while suitable arrangements can be made for these horses to be transferred subject to the approval of the chief stipendiary steward.”
Currie’s suspension comes hot on the heels of a four-year ban for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir, who opted not to contest similar charges earlier this month.