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Qld stewards make suspension rules clear

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has clarified the basis on which trainers can operate if they are suspended rather than disqualified.

In Queensland it has been rare for trainers to be suspended instead of facing disqualification.

A disqualified person can not be on licensed premises which includes racetracks and even their own homes if they are on their stables’ property.

In recent months the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has overturned disqualifications and imposed suspensions in some cases.

It has raised questions because suspended jockeys are able to ride trackwork and attend race meetings.

A QRIC spokesperson said a suspended trainer was not barred from attending the races or stables but must not train.

“Except with the consent of a Principal Racing Authority or the stewards the suspended trainer must not nominate a horse for a race, official trial or jump-out,” the spokesperson said.

“They also must not train or participate in any way in the training of a horse or be registered as a stablehand, or be employed or be involved in any capacity in any racing stable.”

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