Spike in horseracing positive drug tests due to ‘lack of understanding, not doping’: The Irish Times 9/21/18

By: Brian O'Connor Irish racing’s head of anti-doping believes there’s nothing sinister behind a spike of positive drug tests which this week saw five more winners being disqualified. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board confirmed the five were the Gordon Elliott-trained Midlands Grand National winner Timiyan, who tested positive for an anti-inflammatory, and Dermot Weld’s Curragh

Hanlon plans to appeal suspended 18-month penalty: The Irish Times 9/19/18

By: Brian O'Connor Irish racing was rocked on Wednesday when trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon was given a suspended 18 month sentence of his licence after his Galway festival winner Camlann tested positive for elevated levels of cobalt. Hanlon was also fined €7,000 and ordered to pay €2,000 in costs on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

BHA: it would be naive to think the use of cobalt is not more widespread: Racing Post 8/15/18

By: Richard Birch It would be naive to believe that the use of cobalt, the potentially performance-enhancing and prohibited substance at the heart of the high-profile case involving the Bastiman family, is not more widespread in Britain, the BHA warned on Wednesday. Trainer Rebecca Bastiman escaped with a £5,000 fine on Tuesday after being found not guilty of conspiring

O’Sullivans among four stables charged: Racing.com 02/01/18

By: Andrew Eddy Racing Victoria stewards have continued their hard line on prohibited substance cobalt, announcing charges on Thursday against four trainers for offences dating back as far as 2015. Stewards issued nine charges, of which six are in the alternative, against licensed training partners Terry and Karina O'Sullivan following their investigations into the circumstances

Trainer Kitchingman fined for excess cobalt: Daily Racing Form 10/29/17

By: Steve Andersen ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Adam Kitchingman was fined $1,000 by the Santa Anita stewards Friday after one of his winners at Del Mar tested in excess of the permitted level of cobalt. The overage was found in a post-race test taken from Unobtainable, the winner of a maiden claimer at five furlongs

Steven Pateman and Belinda Dunn informed of positive cobalt tests: Punters 10/24/17

By: Conor Walsh Star jumps jockey and trainer Steven Pateman's eight-year-old gelding Sir Walter Scott has returned a positive test to prohibited substance cobalt. The galloper was tested prior to losing his rider in the Great Western Steeplechase at Coleraine on September 24, and Pateman was informed on Tuesday that initial positive findings had been confirmed. Tatura trainer Belinda Dunn has also received

Quinton Guilty on Cobalt, Escapes Penalty: Racing.Com 10/05/17

Press Release: Trainer Ron Quinton has escaped penalty despite being found guilty after two horses in his care were found to have elevated cobalt levels. Pre-race urine samples taken from both Boss Lane and Imanui in August registered cobalt levels above the permitted threshold. But rather than penalise Quinton, at an inquiry on Thursday Racing

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