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

ITC to Implement Cobalt and Milkshake Testing: Racing Post 9/22/16

By: Richard Forristal IRISH racing's failure to test for excessive levels of cobalt and TCO2 – more commonly known as milkshaking – which has been heavily criticised by leading trainer Jim Bolger, is going to be tackled as a priority, according to the Turf Club's head of anti-doping, Dr Lynn Hillyer. However, Hillyer was reluctant

Matthews’ Legal Rep Accuses RV at VCAT: Racing.Com 9/21/16

By: Andrew Eddy The Racing Victoria legal team was on Wednesday accused of serving as a cat's paw for a Racing NSW appeal in November over the questioning of Dr Adam Matthews at the cobalt appeal of Flemington trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh at VCAT. In an often fiery hearing, Robert Richter, QC, who

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

Cobalt Admission by Vet Angers Moody: RacingPost.Com 9/8/16

By: David Baxter Australia: The long-running cobalt saga took another twist on Thursday, when the chief veterinarian for Racing Victoria admitted the governing body should have issued warnings that standard doses of vitamin and mineral products containing cobalt could push horses' levels above the permitted threshold. Dr Brian Stewart was speaking at the appeal hearing for

Vine Defends NATA Stamp on Cobalt Tests:Racing.Com 9/8/16

By: Andrew Eddy The former director of Victoria’s racing laboratory on Thursday said that in his opinion, Chemcentre was entitled to put on a NATA stamp in their scope of accreditation for testing for cobalt in equine urine in 2014. Dr John Vine, who has acted as a National Association of Testing Authorities technical assessor

Stewart’s Cobalt Accreditation Admission: Racing.Com 9/7/16

By: Andrew Eddy Racing Victoria’s chief vet Dr Brian Stewart told VCAT on Wednesday that he knew the Chemcentre laboratory in Western Australia was not fully accredited to test for cobalt when Victorian samples were sent there for analysis in 2014. Dr Stewart said that while he knew no laboratory had an approved method to

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