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QLD Give Birchley Green Light

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Meanwhile, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) says Liam Birchley, one of the trainers implicated in the Aquanita or Lovani investigation, can continue training in Queensland pending the outcome of the inquiry. "In relation to the decision about whether Mr Birchley should be allowed to continue to train in Queensland, senior thoroughbred stewarding staff have reviewed the evidence and they have come to the view that Mr Birchley should be allowed to continue to train here for the time being, but it remains a fluid situation, " Commissioner Ross Barnett said in a statement. "That decision was based in part on the fact that there has been no offence detected in Queensland. Mr Birchley retains the presumption of innocence and he has declared he’ll be pleading not guilty to all charges." Mr Barnett added: "I’d also add that at this stage, there is no information that any races in Queensland have been compromised but for the integrity of the sport across the country, the information that is coming to light is very concerning."

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