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Tasmanian horse with cobalt record high

Karl Rhodes aboard The Cleaner (Tasracing)

Karl Rhodes aboard The Cleaner (Image courtesy of Tasracing)

A Tasmanian trained horse is believed to have returned the highest ever cobalt reading in Australia.

Tasmanian racing authorities have not released official details but it is believed that the horse is trained at Longford by former Victorian Karl Rhodes.

It is believed that the horse has returned a level of 19,000 micrograms per litre of urine, three times as much as the highest recorded reading in Australia, a figure of 6470 micrograms per litre of urine that was returned by the Darren Smith trained Testarhythm after winning the Ortensia Stakes at Scone on May 17, 2014.

Smith was subsequently disqualified for 15 years over a string of cobalt breaches and Testarhythm was disqualified from the race.

The cobalt threshold in Australia is 200 micrograms per litre of urine.

Tony Murray, head of racing integrity in Tasmania, told The Examiner that racing policy in Tasmania is not to release details of positive swabs until cases have been finalised, although this is likely to change next season.

However, he did confirm that “serious conditions” had been placed on Rhodes’ training license and that Rhodes had appealed against his ruling.

Rhodes is best known as the trackwork rider of Group 2 winner The Cleaner last spring.

The case against Rhodes will be heard by the Racing Appeal Board on Monday.

Cobalt occurs naturally in horses in minute amounts but Racing Australia made a threshold amount of 200 micrograms per litre of urine a Rule of Racing on January 1, 2015.

Australian racing has been rocked by a series of cobalt breaches over the past year.

In Victoria, trainers Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh, and the partnership of Lee and Shannon Hope will answer a show-cause hearing in front of Racing Victoria stewards on Wednesday as to why their licenses should not be suspended as they fight cobalt charges against them.

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Posted July 27, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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