Trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien grilled on use of drips in cobalt case   Leave a comment

  • Trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien grilled on use of drips in cobalt case
  • MAY 13, 2015 7:59PM
Mark Kavanagh was interviewed by stewards on Wednesday. Picture: Hamish Blair

Mark Kavanagh was interviewed by stewards on Wednesday. Picture: Hamish Blair Source: News Corp Australia

THE effect of intravenous supplement drips now appears pivotal in cobalt cases against at least two Victorian stables.

Trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien were on Wednesday grilled separately by stewards Terry Bailey and Dion Villella and Tim Robinson, a former Purana taskforce officer now employed by the Racing Victoria compliance team.

Tom Brennan, who is the vet for both trainers, was also interviewed. All three were questioned separately, for about 30 minutes.

Bailey said the “common denominator’’ of the two trainer interviews was that Brennan was their vet and also that the trainers had used drips to deliver vitamin supplements that contained small amounts of cobalt to their horses.

Neither Peter Moody or Lee and Shannon Hope, the other trainers to return illegal cobalt readings last spring, were interviewed “because there were common factors to Kavanagh and O’Brien that we were keen to investigate’’, Bailey said.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

He did not rule out interviewing Moody “at some point down the track.’’

The Herald Sun understands the trainers argued that Racing Victoria did not factor in the effect of drips on cobalt levels.

Bailey would not be drawn on that accusation but he said a key would be to test the theory that intravenous drips spiked cobalt levels.

“We are investigating the recipe for these drips and what effect it might have; the possible scenarios,’’ Bailey said.

When asked if the drip effect should have been factored in to the cobalt threshold, of 200 micrograms per litre of urine, Bailey said: “It (the effect of drips) will be part of our ongoing investigation.’’

Danny O’Brien also fronted stewards on Wednesday. Picture: Colleen Petch

Danny O’Brien also fronted stewards on Wednesday. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Limited

Bailey said: “They (the trainers) might blame the drips, that doesn’t mean we agree with them.’’

The Herald Sun understands at least one of the trainers constantly pressed the stewards over a lack of information about possible causes of elevated cobalt readings, that had been withheld by stewards.

Evidence provided by Sam Kavanagh, the son of Mark Kavanagh who has returned a cobalt positive in Sydney, is also believed to have been discussed during both the O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh interviews on Wednesday.

Originally published as Trainers grilled on use of drips

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Posted May 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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