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Vet Legal Team Requests Adjournment

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

Meanwhile, legal counsel for Dr Tom Brennan, the vet at the centre of the cobalt investigations in Melbourne in Sydney, asked for a six-week adjournment to investigate the effects of the drug on horses at yesterday's cobalt hearings in Sydney, reports theinformant.co.nz. Chris Winneke told a Racing NSW inquiry yesterday that the science was not conclusive about the effects of cobalt on horses. Chief steward Ray Murrihy replied by saying that Brennan had actually warned an Adelaide trainer by text message in 2013 that cobalt was toxic and should not be used. A lawyer for Flemington Equine Clinic practice manager Aaron Corby also requested an adjournment on the ground that his client could not be charged under the rules of racing. "The rules don't allow a non-licenced person to be charged," lawyer Sam Duggan said. Both applications were eventually dismissed by Racing NSW stewards. Sam Kavanagh's legal representative is also believed to have questioned whether cobalt is a prohibited substance under the rules of racing, arguing the science isn't settled. Further hearings are scheduled for today.

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