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Currie given further stay, keeps training

Trainer Ben Currie will able to continue training for at least another fortnight after his stay application was extended.

Currie was granted a stay last year to continue training on the charges from last April but he was stood down immediately on charges in February pending an internal review.

In a QCAT hearing in March, Currie was granted a stay pending the result in the internal review.

Currie failed in the internal review of alleged jigger charges and then applied for the stay to be extended pending a full hearing of those charges.

His application to extend his stay on those charges was to be heard on Wednesday.

However, Jim Murdoch QC, for Currie, asked for a further adjournment arguing that extra affidavit material received from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission on Tuesday afternoon was so large more time was need to absorb it.

Murdoch said the material involved the interpretation of the word “harped” used in some texts from Currie to others which were part of the QRIC case.

He said it included expert witness statements from Ray Murrihy, a former chief steward in Brisbane and Sydney.

Murdoch said there were also statements from Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan, and jockeys Skye Bogenhuber, Ron Goltz, Nozi Tomizawa and Beau Appo and Currie’s employees Nathan Evans, Jayden Simms, and Dale Groves.

“In terms of fairness we need time to absorb this material and have time to reply to it,” Murdoch said.

Scott McLeod QC, for QRIC, said the stay application was opposed but the new material formed part of its case.

QCAT Member Steven Holzberger said he would need time to also read the material thoroughly.

He said he hoped to get a full day’s hearing date for the stay application on April 16, 17 or 18.

The biggest day of Currie’s year is on Saturday when the historical Weetwood Handicap, a race he has won twice, will be run at his home track.

He will now be allowed to attend the meeting and hopes to have as many as 20 runners.

Saturday marks a year since stewards raided his stables and later laid 28 charges against him.

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