Tarrant stood down after court decision

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett

Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant has been suspended following a decision handed down in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Queensland stewards stood down Tarrant on Friday after he was found guilty of drug charges.
Tarrant as found to be in possession of 12 marijuana plants, 54.2g of marijuana, 2g of methamphetamines, a strip of LSD and dozens of drug utensils between February 7 and July 24. 
While no conviction was recorded, Tarrant was sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to undergo rehabilitation in an approved facility.  
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has now suspended Tarrant, effective immediately which sees him lose the three mounts he was set to ride at Saturday’s Doomben meeting.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said that in accordance with the Commission’s Thoroughbred Standard for a licensing scheme the Commission may immediately suspend any licence where allegations or charges of a criminal nature which require the Commission to exercise a duty of care to participants or animals to safeguard the integrity of the Queensland racing industry.

“Jockey safety and animal welfare are our highest priority when making these decisions,” Barnett said.

Tarrant has 28 days to show cause why his license should be reinstated.
His suspension was also sparked by concerns of safety which have been raised by fellow jockeys, including Ryan Wiggins who voiced his stand on Twitter.

Replacement riders now need to be found for Stellar Power (race four), The Administrator (race six) and the well fancied Tarzan in race eight at Doomben.