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Partial Win For Kavanagh & O'Brien
Victorian trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien have had a partial victory in their appeals against Racing Victoria stewards' decision to freeze any prize money earned in stakes races until after their cobalt hearings are heard, reports Racing.com. The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board has decided that it is not fair that the trainers forgo an unlimited amount of prize money during the spring, instead capping the prize money that can be withheld for Kavanagh and O'Brien at $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. The differences in the prize money caps reflect the fact that Kavanagh is facing cobalt charges in respect to one horse, while O'Brien faces charges relating to four horses. Interestingly, the RAD Board expressed doubts as to whether RV stewards could freeze prize money earned by horses not connected with the cobalt investigations but said this consideration was irrelevant to the present appeals.