Representatives of Racing Victoria confirmed that they will appeal a decision handed down in March by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) that cleared trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh of all cobalt offenses.
Racing.com reports that in Dec. 2015, O'Brien was suspended for four years and Kavanagh three by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after they were found guilty of “administering cobalt for the purpose of affecting the performance of a horse in a race.” The trainers' vet, Dr. Tom Brennan, was also found guilty and received a five-year suspension.
Both trainers then lodged appeals; that hearing began in August 2016, the original decision was overturned by Justice Greg Garde last month.
In his decision, Justice Garde put the full responsibility and blame on Dr. Brennan. He also found fault with the testing procedures for cobalt.
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