Trainer Ben Currie asked to show cause

BRISBANE Apr 18 2019

Racing Queensland is understood to have asked trainer Ben Currie to show cause why it should not refuse his nominations in Queensland.

Currie has been a controversial figure in Queensland Racing and is facing 42 allegations, none of which have currently been resolved.

He has been training for the past year on two stays and got a further stay on some charges in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday.

It means Currie, who is at a wedding in Bali, is able to train pending further legal action.

AAP understands on Thursday night RQ sent Currie and his lawyers a letter asking him to show cause by Friday week why his nominations in the state should not be refused.

The show cause is under a modernised Australian Rule of racing AR55 which allows a principal club to refuse nominations without giving a reason.

It in effect gives a Currie a week to show why he can continue training in Queensland.

RQ's chief executive Brendan Parnell did not return calls while a spokesman for Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he was unaware of the letter.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor confirmed he had received a letter from RQ but said he could not comment further.

Mark Oberhardt - AAP

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