Smerdon argues against power of tribunal: Racenet 3/12/19

Press Release: Robert Smerdon has argued a racing tribunal had no power to ban him for life over the "Aquanita eight" doping scandal because he had surrendered his trainer's licence. One of four trainers appealing their disqualifications over the cheating conspiracy, Smerdon has also challenged the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board's jurisdiction to hear the charges

Will ruling send more Victorian horses north? The Sydney Morning Herald 9/7/18

By: Michael Lynch Could more Victorian-trained fillies and mares be heading across the border to race in NSW this spring rather than chase the rich prizes in their home state? Some fear it's possible after Racing Victoria warned trainers off using products containing the compound Altrenogest (which is an element in a number of brand-name

O’Brien, Kavanagh fined, horses disqualified: 2/27/18

By: Brent Zerafa Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh have escaped any form of suspension or disqualification in relation to the cobalt saga, with VCAT President Justice Greg Garde electing to issue a fine to both trainers. O'Brien has been $8000, or $2000 for each horse under his care that tested positive to cobalt, while Kavanagh has been fined

RV committed to integrity: 2/21/18

By: Andrew Eddy Chief executive Giles Thompson said he was comfortable with Racing Victoria's handling of integrity issues within racing despite the release of explosive text messages in Wednesday's Herald Sunregarding widespread doping. "There are a whole range of measures that we use to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected," Thompson told RSN927's Racing

Racing NSW stewards could retest frozen samples of Group 1 winner Mosheen after text messages expose alleged raceday doping: The Daily Telegraph 2/20/18

By: Ray Thomas RACING NSW hasn’t ruled out retesting frozen swab samples from recent Sydney big-race winners in the wake of the alleged doping scandal that has enveloped Victorian racing. At least five Melbourne-based trainers and three stable staff are being investigated by Victorian stewards for a sophisticated and systemic doping cabal that stretches over eight

O’Sullivans among four stables charged: 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

Eight people accused of doping horses before races in Victoria: The Guardian 1/10/18

Trainers and employees linked to racing industry heavyweight Aquanita have been accused of administering Vicks Vapor Rub and sodium bicarbonate to horses just before a race. Eight people, including five trainers, were charged on Tuesday following a three-month investigation by Racing Victoria. The investigation began on 7 October, when Greg Nellingan, a stablehand for Aquanita trainer

Vasil latest to be investigated in alleged race-day treatment case: Herald Sun 12/30/17

By: Leo Schlink TONY Vasil is the latest trainer to be interviewed by Racing Victoria integrity staff as an ­investigation into alleged race-day treatment nears an end. It is understood stewards are close to laying charges over the alleged treatment of Robert Smerdon’s mare Lovani at Flemington on October 7. Lawyers acting for Racing Victoria

Four trainers have escaped arsenic charges: AAP 11/27/17

Press Release: Racing Victoria stewards will not be issuing charges against four trainers who had horses return positive tests to arsenic. Stephen Theodore, Gareth Andrews, Kelvin Southey and Shae Reynolds all had horses horses return arsenic levels above the 0.30 milligrams per litre of urine threshold following races between May and August 2015. It was