By: Adam Pengilly
The long-running cobalt affair is set to drag on for months with a host of parties penalised by Racing NSW stewards over their involvement indicating they will launch immediate appeals, including banned trainer Sam Kavanagh.
Any chance of Kavanagh returning to the sport appears remote after he was disqualified for almost a decade when sanctions were announced on Monday.
Kavanagh was found guilty on 23 of 24 charges over the affair, which was triggered when Midsummer Sun returned a positive to cobalt and caffeine after his successful Gosford Gold Cup defence in January. Stewards imposed a ban of nine years and three months and also fined Kavanagh $3000.
Kavanagh’s disqualification will expire on August 20, 2024.
When contacted by Fairfax Media on Monday, Kavanagh said: “All I will say is I will be launching an appeal.”
Stewards finally disqualified Midsummer Sun from his first placing in the Gosford Gold Cup, promoting Oriental Lady as the winner.
They also finalised an inquiry into Midsummer Sun’s death after a Rosehill barrier trial in February, clearing the imported stayer of any prohibited substances in his system at the time.
Flemington Equine Clinic partner Dr Tom Brennan was disqualified for six years after stewards found him guilty of 12 charges, including lying at the original inquiry.
His breaches included supplying a bottle labelled “vitamin complex”, later found to have high concentrations of cobalt, to be used on Midsummer Sun. Brennan has denied knowing the bottle contained the substance.
His legal counsel, Chris Winneke, said on Monday evening he was still to discuss the prospect of an appeal with Brennan, but the embattled veterinarian took to Twitter after the penalties were announced and wrote: “See you in court Ray…