Trainer Peter Moody has been cleared of a charge for administering cobalt for the purpose of affecting the performance of his former charge Lidari (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}); however, the champion Victorian trainer still faces charges for presenting the Group 2 winner to race with the substance in his system above the permitted threshold, according to

While Moody could still face a suspension for the latter charge, the trainer expressed relief Wednesday,, “The pleasing aspect of today is that we were found not to have administered cobalt to enhance or change the horse’s performance. I have always suggested and put forward that we never set out to cheat or fraudulent behaviour–that is the most pleasing aspect of the findings today. I felt, in a way, that I have been vindicated–I have never cheated, I have never had to cheat, we have been a highly successful racing stable. Undoubtedly some of our practises have been called into question and probably rightly so, and that is something that I need to address.”

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will give Moody his penalty Thursday.