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Resolution In Cobalt Case Months Away

Thursday, 12th March 2015

Racing Victoria's (RV) Executive General Manager of Integrity, Dayle Brown, has revealed that the cobalt investigation involving trainers Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, Danny O'Brien and Lee and Shannon Hope, is set to extend well beyond its initial resolution date due to complexities in the case, reports racing.com. The investigation was expected to be concluded by the end of March, but while significant progress has been made, Brown says it is months away from completion. "There is a significant volume of work that has already been completed by the Compliance Assurance Team, particularly given that we are dealing with four different stables, each with its own set of circumstances to analyse and consider," Brown said. "Whilst we are working as swiftly as possible with a very well-resourced team, we have gathered evidence during the course of the four investigations that we wish to further analyse and this will take time." He added, "We were originally hopeful of completing the four investigations before the end of March, however, we have now extended that timeframe." Brown did not speculate on any likely end date, and said that Racing Victoria would not be offering ongoing commentary on the case. "It is critically important that we ensure that no stone is left unturned, which must be balanced against the desire of all parties for the investigations to be completed in a timely manner," he said. "We also understand the community's desire to know the specifics of each of our four investigations, however, whilst they remain on-going it would be inappropriate for us to comment on them further."

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