QRIC Cobalt Appeals Withdrawn: Racing.Com 4/18/17

By: Andrew Eddy The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has withdrawn appeals against two trainers over cobalt offences but denied it had done so due to recent decisions in other state jurisdictions.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

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

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

VCAT Adjourns Amid Matthews Evidence Doubt: Racing.Com 9/9/16

By: Andrew Eddy The cobalt appeal hearing of Flemington trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh will turn to the matter of the availability of Dr Adam Matthews when it resumes on September 19. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Justice Greg Garde adjourned proceedings late Friday afternoon for a further 10 days following evidence taken from

Chief Steward Admits Tests Not ‘To the Letter’: RacingPost.Com 9/6/16

By: AAP Racing/Megan Neil Australia: Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey has admitted the rules of racing were not "followed to the letter" in testing for cobalt. Bailey blamed Victorian lab Racing Analytical Services Ltd for the decision to split urine samples for testing, which he admitted did not "strictly" follow the racing rules. "That's

Banned Vet Warned Racing Vic About Cobalt: Just Horse Racing 8/2/16

By: AAP+ Vet Tom Brennan warned Racing Victoria’s head veterinarian about cobalt being illegally used in the racing industry before being banned in both NSW and Victoria for the same thing, a tribunal has heard. After hearing RV head vet Dr Brian Stewart and chief steward Terry Bailey talking on radio about cobalt, Brennan sent

Racing Industry Set for Integrity Shakeup: Racing.Com 5/19/16

By:  Shane Anderson The Victorian Racing Industry is set for an integrity shake-up after the Andrews Labor Government agreed in principle to the establishment of a new body to oversee integrity across the three codes of racing. Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Minister for Racing and Attorney-General, on Thursday released the review of the integrity structures of