Vet slant on ‘cobalt five’ hearing   1 comment

Vet slant on ‘cobalt five’ hearing

Matthews has been regarded as a key witness in the ­cobalt saga that could result in career-ending disqualifications for Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Lee and Shannon Hope.

Respected Caulfield trainer Peter Moody will front a show cause hearing at Racing Victori

Respected Caulfield trainer Peter Moody will front a show cause hearing at Racing Victoria headquarters on Wednesday. Picture: Norm Oorloff Source: News Corp Australia

INFORMATION provided by, or regarding, former Flemington Equine Clinic vet Adam Matthews will be in play when five trainers face stewards at a show cause hearing on Wednesday.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh. Picture: Hamish Blair

Trainer Mark Kavanagh. Picture: Hamish Blair Source:News Corp Australia

Stewards said on Monday it was “not necessarily the case’’ that the trainers would be stood down as a result of the hearing at Racing Victoria headquarters into why they should keep their licences, even though their cobalt charges won’t be heard for months.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey added the show cause hearing would not be open to the media “at this stage’’, saying such action might compromise their cases at the Racing Appeals And Disciplinary Board.

Bailey explained show cause notices with the potential to stand down charged persons before their hearing was a new rule, “that came out of the Damien Oliver (betting case) where there was criticism he had not been stood down’’.

Before any decisions on the trainers’ fate, Kavanagh’s son Levi has applied for a trainer’s licence. Bailey wouldn’t speculate on the reasons behind the move, and said the application would proceed via the normal channels.

RVL integrity head Dayle Brown said in June the trainers would not be stood down or given show cause notices. But Brown said on Monday more evidence had been gathered since he made that statement.

There is no link between trainer Peter Moody and vet Tom Brennan. Picture: Getty Images

There is no link between trainer Peter Moody and vet Tom Brennan. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

The Australian Trainers’ Association said on Monday it opposed the potential for the trainers to be stood down “given the huge disruption to the trainers, their horses, staff and owners’’ and it was not clear what had changed since Brown’s comments in June.

Brown said analytical tests had continued and expert evidence had also arisen. He added that the recent statement of Flemington Equine head vet Tom Brennan, where Brennan altered previous statements to stewards, would be “discussed’’ on Wednesday.

Brennan was stable vet for Kavanagh and O’Brien when horses they trained returned illegal cobalt levels last spring.

Both stables have since parted with Brennan and Flemington Equine. There is no link between Moody and the Hopes and Brennan.

Last week Brennan told stewards he had received $3000 from both Kavanagh and O’Brien for “vitamin complex’’ that Brennan said neither he nor the trainers knew contained cobalt.

Kavanagh has denied ­making any such payment.

Trainers Peter Moody and Danny O'Brien in deep discussion at Caulfield racecourse on Satu

Trainers Peter Moody and Danny O’Brien in deep discussion at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday. Picture: Mark Dadswell Source: News Corp Australia

NSW stewards interviewed Brennan’s former colleague Matthews last week. RVL stewards, who had interviewed Matthews six weeks earlier, were present.

Neither NSW nor RVL stewards have revealed the ­information provided by Matthews, who had previously ­refused to answer stewards’ questions, citing illness.

It was alleged during the ongoing Sam Kavanagh hearing in NSW into positive tests to cobalt and caffeine in Kavanagh’s horses that Matthews had provided drenches to trainers in return for payment in his TAB betting account.

Bailey said on Monday Matthews “was still a person of great interest to us’’ and information “regarding’’ him was of interest to the cobalt cases.

Asked again to clarify what had changed since Brown’s comments in June, Bailey said: “Well, the spring carnival is upon us, for one.

“And it’s a key part of our role to protect the integrity of the sport. This is clearly a matter of great public interest.’’

matthew.stewart@news.com.au

Originally published as Vet slant on ‘cobalt five’ hearing

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Posted July 28, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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  1. If Australian horse racing authorities had shown one gram of common sense they would have introduced lower cobalt limits such as those in HK,Singapore and Japan. By allowing readings of up to 200 ppm in Aussie racehorses they in effect left the door open for trainers to dope to improve performances. Not condoning trainer’s actions for doing that but it never would have happened if the stupidity of Racing Authorities here
    hadn’t decided to try and prove they knew better than other international racing jurisdictions. The person that coined the phrase “Australia the Clever Country” has obviously never been here!

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