Horse Racing Queensland, Australia.

Substance charges laid following Queensland stewards probe

AAP | | (23 Jun. 20) — Queensland stewards have charged 15 people, including 13 trainers, with buying unregistered substances after a state wide investigation over the past two months.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission said it had informed 13 thoroughbred trainers, one stable hand and one jockey they had been charged with allegedly procuring substances or preparations in breach of the applicable legislation.

Those charged are trainers John Zielke, Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Christopher Tapiolas, Ian Shaw, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes, Kevin Miller, Darryl Hansen, Darryl Gardiner, Kristy Best, and Trinity Bannon, stablehand Andrew Minton and jockey Mark Barnham.

They are based in areas from the Sunshine Coast to central Queensland.

QRIC boss Ross Barnett said the alleged breaches were as a result of a state-wide investigation into the alleged procurement of substances or preparations in breach of Australian Rule of Racing 256(2)(a)(iii).

“The rule says: A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation,” Barnett said.

“All those charged have been notified and Stewards have requested submissions in writing or at an Inquiry on a date to be fixed.”

It is understood some of those charged face multiple offences while others face as few as one.

The charges relate to purchase or procuring substances but not administering, which is a more serious charge.

There have been several raids conducted by police on racing stables in Queensland this year but no information was available on whether Wednesday’s charges were related to those investigations.


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2 thoughts on “Substance charges laid following Queensland stewards probe”

  1. Purchasing or procuring the unregistered substances clearly with the intent of administering same to racehorses.
    I cannot see this abuse ever coming to an end. Yes, of course, the occasional raid, charges and pathetic penalties to be seen to be doing something about it. And what is really alarming is that some substances are not traceable and by the time that the racing authorities catch up with their testing, the trainers, vets, owners, etc. have found something else to use. This has been the case for many decades in the history of horseracing.
    Racing relies on the doping of its ‘much loved’ horses.
    Without the drugs, racing would collapse.

    99.9% of the abusers are welcomed back.

    Not surprised to see KM there who used to be down my way in NSW.


    1. It’s the same around the world it seems but to varying degrees. Not a single jurisdiction looks serious about getting rid of the doping to us. Not sure there are even trainers left who know how to train simply on hay, oats and water. Even the Queen’s horses have had positives it is said. It all needs to end. If it weren’t for gambling it would be on its last leg by now.


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