Gold Coast’s Aquis Farm boycotts Qld meets over ‘integrity’ issues

AQUIS Farm has announced it will remove all horses it manages from races across Queensland over concerns about the integrity of racing in the state.

Aquis Group CEO, Shane McGrath, revealed the news in a statement on Thursday following a board meeting in Sydney.

The statement outlined that the Canungra-based racing and breeding powerhouse would not race any horse it is the Managing Owner of, both wholly of partially, in the state.


“Aquis Farm .. will not race that horse in Queensland until a number of integrity issues concerning Queensland racing are fully resolved to ensure a level playing field for all participants,” the statement read.

“As a consequence, Aquis Farm will be directing the scratching of all of its runners that are nominated for Queensland races effective immediately.”

The statement also revealed any horse Aquis Farm is a part-owner of but doesn’t have managing interest in that competes in Queensland, their portion of prizemoney will be given to charity.

Queensland racing has been rocked by several issues over the last few years, mostly recently the arrest of top trainer, Ben Currie, who has been slapped with 37 charges but he case continues to be dragged out.

He’s accused of a range of offences including the use of the electric devices, known as a ‘jiggers’, on as well as for the use of a prohibited substance on his horses.

Stewards have continued to delay the proceedings against Currie although he is due to front them again on April 187 where it will be determined if he can continue training in the state.