Hansen appeal fails – out for six months

Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen’s appeal against a six month disqualification and fine was today turned down by Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

Hansen was originally penalised for a TC02 positive taken from Hussonator at the Mackay Turf Club on July 9, 2011.

His first appeal to QCAT was dismissed a fortnight ago and it was knocked back again today.

The stewards’ original decision that Hansen be disqualified for six months was effectively confirmed.

Hansen’s disqualification commences immediately (December 21, 2011) and lasts until midnight June 21, 2012.

His appeal against a $6000 fine for a Prednisone positive from Essington at the Rockhampton Jockey Club on June 23, 2011 was also dismissed by the Tribunal.

Hansen was originally fined $10,000 but had it reduced at an earlier appeal hearing.

Hansen, hoped to saddle up Essington in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

He made a late application today to transfer Essington and stablemate Hussonator, an acceptor for the Sky Vision In Apps Handicap (1350m), to Troy Hall at Caloundra to enable the pair to start on Saturday.

Hansen maintained his innocence throughout and will now look for work in the mining industry.

“I’ll be looking for work as a truck driver or labourer in the mining industry,” Hansen said.

Hansen believes Essington is a genuine chance in the Lough Neagh.

The five-year-old never threatened last tart in the George Moore Stakes behind Adebisi.

“It was an average run and the only explanation I can find is he may have got a virus which went through my stables recently,” Hansen said.

“Viruses can be hard to pick up and most times you don’t realise they’ve had it until after they run.

“He had a temperature but he’s fine now and it’s the only excuse I can find for his bad run in the George Moore Stakes.”

Hansen has been in the industry for 21 years and was the leading trainer in Mackay and Townsville.

He moved to Brisbane a few years ago.

Last Sunday, his final runner Mazuka won the 1000m sprint at the Sunshine Coast.

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