Australia: Two More Trainers Have Horses Test Positive for Cobalt

by | 01.14.2015 | 8:24am

Just a day after it was announced that top Australian trainer Peter Moody was the subject of an investigation after one of his horses tested positive for the prohibited drug Cobalt, came the news that two additional trainers are also being investigated for the same thing.

The Racing Post reports that trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien are also set to face Racing Victoria stewards after positive drug tests were return on horses in their care.

Kavanagh, who won the 2009 Group 1 Melbourne Cup with Shocking, has had one runner in his care test positive, while O'Brien horses have returned three positive samples.

All three trainers face suspensions of up to three years if found to have deliberately administered the drug.

In a statement, Kavanagh said: “This has come as a complete shock to me as I have always placed great emphasis on integrity and operating within the rules of racing.

“We are, unfortunately, not the only stable in this situation. I am co-operating fully with the Racing Victoria Integrity Services Department to investigate how this could occur, and hopefully we will resolve the matter as soon as possible.”

Read more in the Racing Post

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