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Retrospective Testing Not A Priority: Racing Victoria

Thursday, 19th March 2015

Racing Victoria's head of integrity Terry Bailey says he is open to the idea of testing horses retrospectively for cobalt, but that it is not something RV is interested in pursuing until its investigation into several high-profile trainers is completed, reports racing.com. Bailey's comments comes just days after Racing NSW cleared Black Caviar of having any excess levels of cobalt in her system following her win in the 2011 Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick. Speaking to RSNs Shane Anderson yesterday, Bailey said: "What we're very mindful of was that the line in the sand was put in place in Victoria on April 14, 2014 and that's what we're focussed on at this point." He continued: "We're not going to let side issues delay this investigation even further. We're happy to have a look at it when the time's right, but we're focussed on what we're doing at the moment." Because Black Caviar's 15 Gr1 wins were recorded before the cobalt threshold was introduced by RV, Bailey questioned the relevancy of retrospective testing. "I'm no lawyer but I don't know really how you go down the track of enforcing a rule that wasn't in place at the time," Bailey said. "We are certainly open-minded about it, and it's something we'll look at, but we'll look at it in due course. What we're focussed on is getting this investigation wound up with the right result."

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