QRIC Cobalt Appeals Withdrawn: Racing.Com 4/18/17

By: Andrew Eddy The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has withdrawn appeals against two trainers over cobalt offences but denied it had done so due to recent decisions in other state jurisdictions. QRIC had been appealing the decision to clear trainers Rochelle Smith and Lynn Patton, after they had been charged with presenting their horses to

Cobalt Positive for Trevor J Andrews Horse: Racing.Com 1/11/17

By: Andrew Eddy Balnarring trainer Trevor J Andrews could be the first trainer in Victoria to face cobalt charges under revised threshold levels following confirmation that the prohibited substance was found in one of his horses. Racing Victoria stewards announced on Wednesday that they had received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited confirming that

O’Brien, Kav Submissions Completed at VCAT: Racing.Com 11/4/16

By: Andrew Eddy The VCAT cobalt hearing of trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh moved a step closer to a conclusion on Friday with final submissions completed, but no date has been set for a decision. The hearing for the two Flemington trainers, both disqualified for lengthy periods on cobalt offences, began on the first

Kavanagh Admits Second Phone Lies: Racing.Com 10/17/16

By: Andrew Eddy Mark Kavanagh agreed that he had lied over the reason he bought a second mobile phone on the same day he was informed of his cobalt positive, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard on Monday. Under cross-examination from Jeff Gleeson, SC, Kavanagh said that several answers he gave to the Racing

Kavanagh Hits Out at Vets in Cobalt Appeal: Racing.Com 10/17/16

By: Andrew Eddy Trainer Mark Kavanagh said it was a ridiculous notion that he would take on a new product from a veterinarian who could not vouch for the contents of the product, VCAT heard on Monday. Kavanagh, who is the final witness to be called in the cobalt appeal hearing that has lasted 22

Frustrating Day at VCAT Cobalt Appeal: Racing.Com 10/10/16

By: Andrew Eddy The cobalt appeal of trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh reached its 20th day and the obvious frustration of the drawn-out proceedings were laid bare in Monday’s hearing, which was marked by angry exchanges, objections and accusations. Jeff Gleeson, SC, counsel for Racing Victoria stewards, spent the entire day questioning O’Brien over

O’Brien Admits Withholding Information: Racing.Com 9/28/16

By: Andrew Eddy Trainer Danny O'Brien said he purposefully held back information from Racing Victoria stewards in his cobalt investigation because he feared it would be misused against him. O'Brien was being questioned by RV's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson, SC, as to why he did not initially tell the stewards about a $3000 payment to

O’Brien, Kavanagh Counting Cobalt Cost: Racing.Com 9/26/16

By: Andrew Eddy Danny O'Brien's drawn-out cobalt saga could be costing the Flemington trainer as much as $6 million a year in lost training fees, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard on Monday. After 17 days of the appeal taken up by evidence called by Racing Victoria, the defence for O'Brien and fellow Flemington