Jockey Chris McIver wins at Doomben on Let Me Adam.
Jockey Chris McIver wins at Doomben on Let Me Adam.

Three CQ racing participants guilty of misconduct

Three Central Queensland racing participants have been banned for misconduct by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

Jockeys Chris McIver and Nigel Seymour have each copped lengthy bans, while stablehand Nick Trimble has also been disqualified.

McIver was disqualified for 12 months after kicking a horse at the barriers before a race in Rockhampton last month.

Jockey Chris McIver at the Past Brothers Junior Rugby League race day. Photo Luka Kauzlaric/The Observer.
Jockey Chris McIver at the Past Brothers Junior Rugby League race day. Photo Luka Kauzlaric/The Observer.

McIver was found guilty of misconduct after he twice forcibly stomped on the hindquarter of his mount Or Else.

QRIC chief thoroughbred steward Peter Chadwick said breaches of this kind were very serious and any behaviour involving the mistreatment of a thoroughbred racehorse must meet with a significant penalty.

“The penalty must not only deter Mr McIver but must also illustrate to the racing industry that these actions are not to be tolerated,” Mr Chadwick said.

“In this case Mr McIver also had two recent breaches of the misconduct rule in 2019 and 2020.”

Fellow CQ jockey Nigel Seymour was found guilty of misconduct and disqualified for nine months after sending threatening text messages to a licensed trainer.

Jockey Nigel Seymour pictured at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Jockey Nigel Seymour pictured at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

In another misconduct incident at Emerald, Central Queensland stablehand Nick Trimble pleaded guilty to misconduct and was disqualified for three months.

While unsaddling the galloper Dirt Rich following the running of race two at Emerald on February 6, Mr Trimble forcibly struck the horse in the girth.

In a further incident, Brisbane-based jockey Nathan Thomas pleaded guilty to misconduct and was suspended for two weeks after an incident before a race in Mackay this week.

During the barrier loading process, Thomas was dislodged and then forcibly struck his mount Whosday with his whip in the region of the horse’s shoulder.

Mr Chadwick said all of these incidents had a detrimental effect on the image of racing, and penalties must serve as a general deterrent to illustrate to the racing industry that these activities are unacceptable.


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