Out: Trainer Darren Smith has been disqualified for 15 years.Out: Trainer Darren Smith has been disqualified for 15 years. Photo: Ryan Osland

Racing Victoria come in for some harsh criticism of its handling of the current cobalt investigations. . The criticism has been that its integrity department did not have a full understanding of cobalt, that the trainers were not warned about it and now those trainers are having their reputations impugned and businesses damaged.

The same journalists are now calling for a speedy resolution, a fine or reprimand or perhaps even an apology from RV. Those peddling such misinformation didn’t need to wait long to get an indication of why these enquires should not be rushed and the trainers need to be afforded a properinvestigation.