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Smith Loses Appeal Against Sentence
The NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal yesterday dismissed an appeal by trainer Darren Smith against the severity of his 15-year disqualification for cobalt offences. Smith was disqualified in March after he was found guilty of 42 charges relating to the administration of a prohibited substance (cobalt) to several horses in his care. The Newcastle-based horseman said he was disappointed that the severity of the sentence was not reduced. "Yeah, I was hoping for much less," Smith told ABC news. "But, it's happened now and we move on to the next chapter of our lives." Racing NSW chairman of stewards Ray Murrihy said the decision was in the best interests of racing. "There were 20 odd races that were affected, there were multiple breaches, all impacting on the integrity of racing," he said. Smith is prohibited from training horses or entering a racetrack until 2029.