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QRIC says Toowoomba industry rumours have no basis
28 Nov 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has moved to address rumours circulating in Toowoomba’s thoroughbred racing industry that a Commission steward is currently under investigation due to misconduct.

Commissioner Ross Barnett issued a statement on Tuesday in strong words refuting rumours a Toowoomba steward is under investigation for his association with a trainer.

“I would like to make it categorically clear that there is no foundation to these rumours
whatsoever,” said Barnett.

“It’s grossly unfair to the steward concerned to tarnish his reputation in this way.”

The statement said that there has been speculation within the ranks of Toowoomba’s thoroughbred industry, along with outside reports of the rumour being repeated on news platforms and in social media, over the past few weeks that a steward is facing disciplinary action due to his dealings with a Toowoomba trainer.

It is alleged the steward recently provided information to the trainer prior to an inspection of his stables by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission officers.

“I have decided to release a statement to put these rumours to rest because of the adverse way they reflect on the reputation of the Commission, the individual officer concerned and
Toowoomba’s thoroughbred industry,” said Barnett.

“It is vital that industry participants have faith in the work of the Commission’s Authorised Officers,” he added.

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