Group 1-winning trainers Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh among those charged by Racing Victoria for cobalt breach   Leave a comment

Group 1-winning trainers Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh among those charged by Racing Victoria for cobalt breach

Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien charged

Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien charged

GROUP 1-winning trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh face lengthy bans after they were charged on Wednesday with the administration of cobalt to five of their horses.

After an investigation spanning more than five months Racing Victoria officials pounced with chief steward Terry Bailey visiting O’Brien’s Flemington stables to deliver the news.

Trainer Danny O'Brien. Picture: Colleen Petch

Fight on his hands: Trainer Danny O’Brien. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

Trainers O’Brien, Kavanagh, as well as Lee and Shannon Hope and vet Dr Tom Brennan were hit with a total of 49 charges relating to the administering of cobalt to runners last year.

Brennan, a partner in Flemington Equine Clinic who provided assistance for the O’Brien and Kavanagh stables, is facing 20 charges.

The charges against Brennan come just days after he denied to a Racing NSW hearing he had sent vials allegedly containing cobalt to Sydney Kavanagh’s son Sam, who is facing similar charges to his father.

Brennan, has been charged as a non-licensed person due to legislation which was enacted in late 2013, giving stewards the power to charge non-licensed people who are relevant to the racing industry.

O’Brien is charged with presenting gallopers De Little Engine, Bondeiger, Caravan Rolls On and Bullpit over the cobalt threshold of 200 micrograms per litre of urine, a limit established in April last year.

De Little Engine, which won a 2300m race at Ballarat last November 2014, had a reading of 550 micrograms.

Mark Kavanagh the day after the cobalt findings were first made public on January 13. Pic

Mark Kavanagh the day after the cobalt findings were first made public on January 13. Picture: Hamish Blair Source:News Corp Australia

Bondeiger, which ran second in last year’s VRC Derby, returned a reading of 330 micrograms.

The readings of Kavanagh’s Magicool, after it won the UCI Stakes (Listed) over 1800m at Flemington last October were 640 micrograms.

It is uncertain at this stage if fellow trainer Peter Moody, whose galloper Lidari was also over the limit, will be charged with an investigation ongoing.

CLICK HERE: VIC VETS DENY LINK TO KAVANAGH

O’Brien told the Herald Sun he was relieved he could finally answer the charges, which he would defend vigorously.

“We are pleased that there looks to be a finish line to this and now we can defend ourselves,” he said.

“We believe we have done nothing wrong and we will fight it.”

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Magicool winning the Queensland Derby last weekend. Picture: Jo

Over: Mark Kavanagh-trained Magicool winning the Queensland Derby last weekend. Picture: Jono Searle Source:News Corp Australia

In a letter to his owners, Kavanagh said he was innocent and expected it to be “business as usual” until his hearing, which has not been set.

Racing Victoria Integrity Services general manager Dayle Brown said the charges followed an exhaustive and complex investigation.

“We have dedicated considerable resources to undertake these investigations as swiftly as possible while ensuring they were thorough,” he said.

“During the course of the investigations we have collected a considerable amount of evidence and have undertaken extensive forensic analysis and testing.

“Each of the five people charged will have the opportunity to defend these charges before the independent RAD Board and we hope that this can occur at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Lee and Shannon hope refused to comment on Wednesday night.

Trainer Danny O'Brien at Flemington trackwork. Picture: Colleen Petch

Trainer Danny O’Brien at Flemington trackwork. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Limited

THE TRAINERS

DANNY O’BRIEN

Charges:16

Caravan Rolls On

Lexus Stakes (G3), Flemington, November 1, 2014

Finished: 8th

Cobalt detected: 350 micrograms per litre

Bondeiger

Victoria Derby (G1),

Flemington, November 1, 2014

Finished: 2nd

Cobalt: 330 ug/l

De Little Engine

People@Work Handicap, Ballarat, November 22, 2014

Finished: 1st

Cobalt: 550 ug/l

Bullpit

Jeep 55 Second Challenge Heat 9 (BM70), Moonee Valley, December 19, 2014

Finished: 1st

Cobalt: 300 ug/l

MARK KAVANAGH

Charges: 4

Magicool

UCI Stakes (Listed), Flemington, October 4, 2014

Finished: 1st

Cobalt: 640 ug/l

LEE HOPE, SHANNON HOPE

Charges: 9

Windy Citi Bear

3YO BM78 Handicap, Geelong, June 25, 2014

Finished: 5th

Cobalt: 290 ug/l

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Sportingbet.com.au Handicap, Caulfield, July 5, 2014

Finished: 8th

Cobalt: 510 ug/l

Choose

Citiopera Plate, Caulfield, September 28, 2014

Finished: 5th

Cobalt: 450 ug/l

THE VET

DR TOM BRENNAN

Charges: 20

Relate to supplying and administering cobalt to racehorses in the O’Brien and Kavanagh stables.

CLICK HERE: THE CHARGE SHEET

De Little Engine wins at Sandown Hillside last December. Picture: Getty Images

Over: De Little Engine wins at Sandown Hillside last December. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

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Posted June 12, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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