Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie faces four and a half years on the sidelines after being disqualified for a further two years for raceday treatment.
Currie was already disqualified for four years on two charges involving text messages but he was partly successful in an internal review and had the sentence reduced by 18 months to 30 months.
Those charges are unrelated to five positive swab convictions from earlier this week with sentence on those charges likely to be given early next week. On Friday, stewards disqualified Currie for two years after he was found guilty of 12 race-day treatment charges. Those guilty findings were made after a hearing last week when sentence was adjourned.
In five breaches of race-day treatment without permission, it was found Currie as the trainer caused the administration of a medication to five horses on the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton on March 24 last year.
In a further seven charges, it was found Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba on April 7 last year.
Currie’s two-year disqualification will be served cumulatively to the penalty for the two convictions subject of an internal review.