Racing Victoria to hold open cobalt hearings   Leave a comment

Racing Victoria to hold open cobalt hearings

July 28, 2015 – 3:53PM

Racing Victoria has allowed hearings for five trainers to be open to the media on Wednesday, when they show cause as to why they shouldn’t be stood down over cobalt charges.

But lawyers acting on behalf of the five trainers have the option of requesting a partial or full hearing behind closed doors.

RVL will hear all five show cause cases on Wednesday at Racing Victoria headquarters in Flemington.

The five trainers will have to show cause why they are not stood down pending their hearings.

The notices that were decided on by stewards and legal counsel for Racing Victoria will require Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh and Lee and Shannon Hope to show cause why they should not immediately be stood down from training.

The show cause notices were issued because of new evidence provided last week to Racing Victoria investigators from veterinarian Tom Brennan.

A statement said: “Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards advise that tomorrow’s show cause hearings involving five licensed Victorian trainers will now be open to the media subject to consideration of any application from an attending trainer to have part or all of their hearing held in camera.

RV issued show cause notices on Friday, 24 July 2015 to trainers Lee and Shannon Hope, Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Peter Moody, who have been charged with breaching the Australian Rules of Racing after horses in their care returned samples containing cobalt in excess of the permitted threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine.

RV Chairman of Stewards, Terry Bailey, said that each trainer has been asked to show cause as to why their licence to train should not be suspended until the independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board’s hearing and determination of the charges issued against them by the Stewards.”

Brennan recanted his former evidence and said he had sold “vitamin bottles” to Mark Kavanagh and O’Brien.

Brennan has told Racing Victoria that two Flemington horse trainers paid $3000 each to purchase vitamins which were later shown to contain cobalt, which is illegal when present in concentrations of more than 200mg per litre of urine.

The notices have been issued against the trainers as the potential perception that the interests of racing might be harmed if they continue to train, especially in the lead-up to the spring carnival.

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Posted July 29, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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