Australia: NSW Trainer Suspended 18 Months For Cobalt Positive

Trainer Gordon Yorke has been handed an 18-month suspension by Racing NSW officials after one of his horses tested positive for elevated levels of cobalt. reports that Yorke, a veteran trainer based in Grafton, was penalized as a result of the mare, Follow Through, testing positive for cobalt after finishing second in a race at […]

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Australia: Trainer Banned For 12 Months After Positive Cobalt Test

New South Wales trainer John Sprague has been suspended for 12 months after one of his horses tested positive for cobalt in October 2017. reports that the 4-year-old gelding Saint Denis returned a positive reading for cobalt above the permitted 100 ug/L after finishing third in a maiden race at Tuncurry Racecourse Oct. 29. According […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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Former Trainer Moody Draws Ire For Twitter Comments Regarding Top Training Stable And Cobalt

Racing Victoria officials have refuted an accusation from former trainer Peter Moody who claimed the organization has stopped testing for cobalt. Moody also insinuated that one of the top racing stables in the country, Lindsay Park, has had one of their horses test positive for the prohibited substance. According to a report at, Moody stirred […]

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Britain: Father And Son Training Duo Receive Three-Year Ban After Horse Tests Positive For Cobalt

Trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael have been disqualified for three years following a British Horseracing Authority hearing into the withdrawal of Anseanachai Cliste at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The Northern Ireland-based handler and his son, who is the registered owner of Anseanachai Cliste, faced a disciplinary panel on Tuesday to answer doping […]

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Cheltenham: First Positive Test For Cobalt Reported In Britain

The British Horseracing Authority disclosed earlier this week that a horse that had been entered to run at the Cheltenham Festival last March tested positive for cobalt, a prohibited performance-enhancing drug. The Racing Post reports that this is the first confirmed case of a horse testing positive for cobalt in Britain and Ireland. According to the Post, the […]

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Cobalt Scandal: Court Date Set For Racing Victoria Appeal Of Ruling That Exonerated Trainers

The Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court in Australia has set June 9 as the date it will decide whether to hear the Racing Victoria appeal against the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling that exonerated trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh in the ongoing cobalt saga. According to, a three-judge panel will hear the application seeking […]

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Cobalt Scandal: Racing Victoria To Appeal Court Decision Clearing Two Trainers

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. reports that in Dec. 2015, O’Brien was suspended for four years and Kavanagh three by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after they […]

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Eight bottles of concentrated cobalt mistakenly delivered to the wrong clinic helped uncover a widespread drug issue in Australian racing
Lengthy Australian Cobalt Suspensions Overturned; Trainers Found ‘Not Negligent’

High levels of cobalt were found in several Australian runners in 2014, four of whom were trained by Danny O’Brien and the fifth by Mark Kavanagh. Last January, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board handed down lengthy suspensions based on the charges, four years for O’Brien and three years for Kavanagh. According to, both […]

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Two UAE Trainers Handed One-Year Suspensions For Cobalt Overages

A pair of trainers in the United Arab Emirates have been suspended for 12 months each, according to the Emirates Racing Authority, for concentrations of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per liter of urine. Trainer Mr. Musabbeh Al Mheiri pleaded guilty to the charge that he presented and raced Vivernus to a victory in […]

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