Trainer Jamie McConachy ready to fight to clear his name in Queensland’s first cobalt case   Leave a comment

Trainer Jamie McConachy ready to fight to clear his name in Queensland’s first cobalt case

Trainer Jamie McConachy with Vandalised. Picture: Glenn Barnes

Trainer Jamie McConachy with Vandalised. Picture: Glenn Barnes Source: News Corp Australia

ROCKHAMPTON thoroughbred trainer Jamie McConachy will on Wednesday declare his innocence in the first of Queensland’s cobalt cases to be heard by stewards.

McConachy will front a Racing Queensland inquiry at Deagon after 2014 Rockhampton Cup winner Vandalised returned a high cobalt level.

It will be alleged Vandalised returned cobalt samples above the threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine following its win in the $100,000 race last June.

Before meeting with his solicitor on Tuesday, McConachy told The Courier-Mail he would fight to clear his name in front of RQ stewards.

Stewards will not reveal the alleged cobalt readings of Vandalised until the inquiry starts on Wednesday, but McConachy indicated they were not far above the permitted threshold.

As racing’s cobalt saga swept the country, Queensland racing bosses insist there is no evidence of widespread use of cobalt in this state.

Apart from the McConachy case, former thoroughbred trainer Len Treloar has been named as having a horse return an elevated level of cobalt.

Treloar walked away from Queensland racing in July last year and stewards have failed to contact him.

Harness trainers Shawn Grimsey and Trevor Lambourn (two horses each) and Ken Belford have been named as harness trainers who are required to appear before stewards.

The McConachy inquiry comes as the cobalt cases against leading Victorian trainers Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh continue to drag on.

Last month, NSW trainer Darren Smith was slapped with a 15-year ban by Racing NSW stewards on 42 separate charges relating to positive cobalt tests.

Smith’s long-running cobalt case began last year and related to a three-month periodbetween February and May 2014.

Queensland chief steward Allan Reardon confirmed McConachy’s case related only to Vandalised and there were no other cobalt allegations over horses in his care.

Originally published as Rocky trainer ready to fight to clear name

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Posted April 29, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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