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Smith Guilty Of Cobalt Charges

Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Racing NSW stewards yesterday found Newcastle trainer Darren Smith guilty of 42 charges relating to "excessive levels" of cobalt detected in some of the horses in his care early last year, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Stewards will consider the penalty to be imposed on Smith when it reconvenes on 20 March as Paul O'Sullivan, legal counsel for Smith, is currently overseas. However, under mandatory rules introduced by the Australian Racing Board, Smith faces a minimum three-year disqualification. The levels of cobalt in the 20 horses trained by Smith varied from 224 micrograms per litre in urine to 6470 micrograms per litre in urine. Eleven of those horses returned a reading above 1000 micrograms per litre in urine, well above the permitted 200 microgram threshold.

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