Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie’s time on the sidelines continues to grow after another three-year disqualification, taking his total punishment to seven and a half years.
The combined sentence is the largest imposed on any trainer who has not been warned off for life in Queensland history.
Racing Queensland stewards last week found Currie guilty on five charges involving bringing horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems. Sentence was adjourned until yesterday when Currie was disqualified for three years and fined $45,000 on the five charges.
Currie will serve his new sentence of three years disqualification cumulatively with his previous sentences which total four and a half years. Currie has already indicated he will seek an internal review and, if necessary, appeals in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.