BHA: ‘It Would Be Naive’ To Assume Cobalt Never Abused In British Thoroughbreds

by | 08.15.2018 | 5:29pm

After an independent disciplinary panel handed British trainer Rebecca Bastiman a £5,000 fine for a cobalt positive in one of her horses, the British Horseracing Authority says it is concerned about potential misuse of the substance in England.

Bastiman was found not guilty of conspiring with her father and assistant Robin Bastiman (who has been banned from racing in England for three years) to give a B12 injection to trainee John Caesar in April 2016. The horse tested at three times the threshold for cobalt, which the BHA had established less than a week before his race at Wolverhampton.

Robin Mounsey, head of media for the BHA, told the Racing Post that English racing's rulemaking authority is concerned about the threat to racing integrity there.

“It would be naive to think this is the only time the substance has or will be used in Britain, and this is why detecting and acting on cobalt has formed an increasing part of our anti-doping strategy and we will continue to be vigilant about it,” he said. “The main outcome from this case from our point of view is that the individual who was responsible for administering prohibited substances on race day has been disqualified from the sport for three years.”

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