Embattled Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen will have one last throw at the wickets when an appeal against a six month suspension is heard by the Internal Appeal Tribunal within the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal next Wednesday.
Hansen is fighting the suspension relating to the TC02 positive found from Hussonator at the Mackay Turf Club on July 9, 2011.
Last Wednesday QCAT judged in favour of the Racing Queensland stewards but Hansen was subsequently granted a stay of proceeding while taking the case one final step.
“I won’t be taking it further after next week,” Hansen said.
“This is the last throw of the die.
“I have been looking to get it heard by a proper judge and that is what we get next week.
“I had a choice of having it heard in January but I thought I would get it done now so I know where I stand.
“It will be heard at the QCAT court with a proper judge, someone to look at the law side of things.”
Hansen has a Plan B in mind if the decision goes against him.
“I would like to transfer the horses to Debbie (his wife) who is applying for a trainer’s license,” Hansen said.
“I think Racing Queensland (Limited) is trying to block that, I don’t know why, other people do it.”
Hansen will saddle up three horses on Saturday at Doomben – Sundiata Flyer in the Bollinger Champagne (2YO, 1200m), Essington in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) and Achievements in the BRC Class 6 (1200m).
A deluge of rain caused neighbouring track Eagle Farm to be downgraded to a heavy 8 today .
Rain is forecasted for the rest of the week.
Hansen’s trio have drawn well in the middle but he has provisos on them.
Essington is coming off a splendid first-up third behind Listen Son in the Listed Keith Noud (1200m) at Eagle Farm on November 26.
The race was slowly run and only Essington and Ready To Rip made significant ground in the straight on a good track.
The Andrew Williamson-trained Ready To Rip will appreciate the rain more than most but Essington handles it as well.
He won his lone start on a heavy track.
“He is going well, he showed me first-up how good he is going but I wouldn’t be too disappointed if he got beaten at 1200m again,” Hansen said.
“I’m not worried about the wet but it is a bit harder in those conditions when you are the topweight.
“I would love to see him win but the further (distance) you get with him this time in, the better he will go.”
The George Moore has 17 acceptors with Steal Zip the emergency.
A wet track will play against Listen Son and Tierqualo and is not ideal for Gillian Heinrich’s new addition Startsmeup.
Sundiata Flyer is a first starter taking on some promising juveniles.
“She is by Henny Hughes and trialed fairly well,” Hansen said.
“She will probably be a better horse next time in.
“She goes well enough to be competitive anyway.”
While Congo and Anikintime have looked most capable, none of the two-year-olds have raced on a track worse than dead.
Achievements is having its first run since August 17 and has won first-up previously.
Hansen says he is a very promising horse but is a gross type who will improve on whatever he does at this run.
“He likes a wet track and won five or six at his last preparation,” he said.
“He is a bit stronger this time and I am hoping he takes another step forward.
“If he does, we would have a very nice horse on our hands.
“He will improve on what he does on Saturday.
“I would say 1400m is probably more his go but he did win for me first-up last time.
“I hope to win a race or two, tip him out and get him back for the Brisbane Winter Carnival.”