‘Vindicated’: Trainer Moody Cleared Of Most Serious Cobalt Charge

by | 03.16.2016 | 8:41am
Trainer Peter Moody

Champion trainer Peter Moody won a major victory in his long-running cobalt case when the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board cleared him of the most serious charge.

Racing.com reports that the RAD Board dropped the more serious charge of “deliberately administering illegal levels of the drug cobalt to a horse”, which brought with it a possible three-year ban.

Moody still faces a lesser charge relating to the “non-intentional administration of cobalt”. The champion conditioner, who trained Black Caviar, will find out Thursday what punishment he will receive as a result.

While still disappointed with the result of the hearing, Moody told reporters afterward, “I feel, in a way, I've been vindicated that we've never cheated, we've never had to cheat, we've been a highly successful racing stable.”

“We didn't administer cobalt knowingly, or purposefully for (the purpose of) changing the result of a race – we never have, never will.”

Read more at Racing.com

  • spirit of sport

    Think if this had been a smaller trainer they would have been banned for 3 years. Governing body doesn’t paint a very good picture of mr moody and co when it states the stable staff gave poor statements and mr moody and his stable vet pretty much gave differing excuses. Very dodgy decision .

  • PointGivenTCL

    How do you “unintentionally” administer cobalt? It’s not like it’s a common environmental contaminant.

    “Oops, I dropped this feed in a big pile of cobalt again, sorry boss!”

  • Lehane

    The same tired old excuse, one of the workers stuffed up! Oh yeah. And if it’s not that excuse that these trainers come up with, it’s security surrounding the stable was lax and needs to be upgraded…in other words prove i (any trainer) deliberately administered Cobalt… off the hook! Oh what a joke! How stupid do they think the public are….. Apparently it was reported that Moody’s legal team alleged that the feed used for Lidari (a very well bred horse from France) for some hoof ailment containing some Cobalt, contained a higher amount of Cobalt than what was stipulated on the label/package. I’d imagine that that allegation would be very difficult to prove. When the Cobalt issue raised its ugly head, Lidari, was quickly transferred to another trainer. One of the owners of Lidari is also one of the owners of Black Caviar. As the saying goes in the industry – it takes one very good horse (in this case a once in a lifetime world famous racehorse in BC) to make any Tom, Dick or Harry trainer look good.

  • conker

    Trainers got away with one here, lucky boy. The big trainers do not get banned anywhere in the world, rule books get torn up for them.

  • Jerry Wallace

    There are many supplements on the market that contain cobalt. Probably gave multiple supplements a contains the substance and got a positive. Not intentional just not paying attention to contents on labels..

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