Australia: Trainer Banned For 12 Months After Positive Cobalt Test

by | 01.03.2018 | 9:58am

New South Wales trainer John Sprague has been suspended for 12 months after one of his horses tested positive for cobalt in October 2017. reports that the 4-year-old gelding Saint Denis returned a positive reading for cobalt above the permitted 100 ug/L after finishing third in a maiden race at Tuncurry Racecourse Oct. 29.

According to the report, stewards took Sprague's “unblemished record in 25 years of training and 40 years' involvement in the industry” into consideration when determining his punishment. The suspension begins immediately and will run through Jan. 3, 2019.

Saint Denis was also disqualified from his third-place finish in the race.


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