The first cobalt case to be heard in Victoria, Australia, will have to wait until after the Melbourne Cup to be continued on Nov. 4. Lee and Shannon Hope's trial is based on the racehorses Best Suggestion, Choose, and Windy City Bear returning cobalt levels above the threshold of 200 micrograms per liter of urine late last year.
According to the Racing Post, the Hopes pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that the overages were sustained via normal feeding of supplements and feed, and not via direct injection. The rulings in this case should set a precedent for other trainers awaiting charges: Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and Peter Moody.
Should the Victoria Racing stewards be able to prove that the horses' cobalt levels were indeed caused by a direct injection, either on race day or the day before, the minimum penalty is a three-year suspension.
Read more at the Racing Post.
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