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Cobalt collision would hurt spring carnival

The hearing for the Hopes, who train possible Caulfield Cup chance Fenway, is set aside for October 15, 16 and 19. They face a three-year disqualification if found guilty of administering cobalt to three of their horses.

The timing of the cobalt hearings could have a negative impact on the spring carnival. Pi

The timing of the cobalt hearings could have a negative impact on the spring carnival. Picture: Colleen Petch Source:News Corp Australia

A LIKELY collision of cobalt hearings and the spring racing carnival has sparked anger and calls for a damaging “dead heat’’ to be avoided.

Lee and Shannon Hope are due to face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on ­October 15, two days before the Caulfield Cup.

Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien will learn the dates of their inquiries at a directions hearing on August 17.

It is possible the RADB hearings for the pair and Peter Moody will come shortly after, coinciding with Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup week.

Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons said the cobalt hearings would rob the carnival of “proper exposure and goodwill’’ if not rescheduled.

Admire Rakti wins the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Lee and Shannon Hope are due to face the Racing

Admire Rakti wins the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Lee and Shannon Hope are due to face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on ­October 15, two days before this year’s cup. Picture: Michael Klein Source: News Corp Australia

And Australian Trainers’ Association legal adviser Ross Inglis said the hosting of these inquiries — which could run for days — would have a ­“terrible’’ impact on the trainers and their ability to focus on the carnival.

Inglis said the ATA would ask Racing Victoria to have the dates changed if the trainers approached the ATA. He said it would make no difference to the fairness or outcomes of the inquiries if they were rescheduled.

O’Brien has more than 20 carnival contenders, Moody probably more. Kavanagh’s Queensland Derby winner Magicool is being aimed at the Caulfield Cup.

“This would completely compromise the focus of these trainers, who at this point are not guilty of anything,’’ Inglis said. “It is a critical time for these trainers and their clients.

Runners compete in last year’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Will the cobalt hearings leave

Runners compete in last year’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Will the cobalt hearings leave a dark shadow hanging over the Australasian weight-for-age championship this year? Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

“It would put an enormous cloud over the spring carnival and rob the industry of any chance to promote it in a reasonable manner.”

Symons said if the cobalt hearings occurred during spring “you would have 80 per cent of all coverage about ­cobalt and 20 per cent about the great stories, the champion horses, who are part of it’’.

Simon Love, new chief executive of the Victoria Racing Club, which hosts the blockbuster four days of Cup Week, had no comment and Moonee Valley Racing Club chief Michael Browell had no objection to a possible collision.

“You can’t stop the wheels of justice. If it’s in Cox Plate week, so be it,’’ Browell said.

matthew.stewart@news.com.au

Originally published as Cobalt collision would hurt spring carnival

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Posted July 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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