Vet At Center Of Aussie Cobalt Scandal Enters Guilty Plea

by | 11.30.2015 | 11:04am

Tom Brennan, the veterinarian at the center of the recent cobalt scandal in Australia, entered guilty pleas Monday with the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Brennan had originally informed the Board that he would be pleading not guilty to 20 of the charges filed against him. However, after the hearing resumed from a break for lunch on Monday, Adrian Anderson, Brennan's attorney, informed the panel that his client would enter a guilty plea for all but one of the charges leveled against him.

Brennan is the veterinarian at the center of the cobalt case brought against trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien.

Brennan admitted to the stewards that he supplied the vitamin complex which was added to the intravenous drip given to some of O'Brien's and Kavanagh's horses. He claims however,that he did not know it contained cobalt.

According to the article, Brennan has maintained his not guilty plea to the charge of being a “party in the presentation of horses to race with elevated cobalt levels.”

O'Brien and Kavanagh are facing several charges regarding horses that have returned tests showing elevated cobalt levels. If the trainers are found guilty, they face a mandatory three-year suspension.

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald

  • Ben

    This is becoming complex.

  • Tinky

    Hmmm…a three Thyrol cocktail lunch, perhaps?

    • ben

      I suppose so, lacking bute b.t.w.

  • Alex

    Cobalt is a mineral, found at different amounts naturally in the soil. Cobalt is found also with vitamin B 12. Now vitamins and minerals cause positive tests?

    • Jocke Muth

      Cobalt is not naturally present in the amounts needed for a positive.

      • Alex

        The amount of naturally occurring Cobalt varies widely across the world. What scientific evidence and research studies are you basing you statement on that there is an absolute level that Cobalt is found naturally in horses? ?

  • Jocke Muth

    “Brennan admitted to the stewards that he supplied the vitamin complex which was added to the intravenous drip given to some of O’Brien’s and Kavanagh’s horses. He claims however,that he did not know it contained cobalt.”

    Hmm, the Vet prescribes a “cocktail” without knowing the content?
    Don’t know if I would pay for that service.

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