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Steward Patrick Cooper Leaves Qld Racing
Queensland Racing announced Patrick Cooper, Senior Stipendiary Steward based in Townsville, "has ceased employment with the control body". QR Director Of Integrity Services Jamie Orchard said Cooper "had been transferred by QR to the Toowoomba office as part of the State-wide rotation of stewards, but elected not to proceed on transfer." Orchard added: "Rotating stewards through the head office & the various regional offices of Queensland Racing is an important part of ensuring the highest standards of integrity in stewarding throughout the State. Such movement of staff is structured to ensure that regionally-based stewards are in a location long enough to develop an understanding of local issues, but not so long as to develop practices inconsistent with those elsewhere."