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Moody Vindicated In Cobalt Case

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Champion Victorian trainer Peter Moody says he feels "vindicated" after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board yesterday cleared him of the most serious charge in his long-running cobalt case, reports Racing.com. Moody was found guilty of administering or causing to be administered a prohibited substance (i.e. cobalt) to former French galloper Lidari, but was cleared of the most serious charge of deliberately administering a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting a horse's performance in a race. Lidari returned a swab in excess of the Australian industry threshold of 200 milligrams per litre of urine following his second in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes on 4 October, 2014. Moody's defence largely rested on the argument that a stablehand had fed the horse larger than prescribed doses of the oral hoof treatment Availa, which is known to contain small amounts of cobalt. "I feel, in a way, I've been vindicated that we've never cheated, we've never had to cheat, we've been a highly successful racing stable," Moody said. "Undoubtedly, some of our practices have been called into question and probably rightly so. That's something I need to address and I didn't try to hide that fact." He added: "We didn't administer cobalt knowingly, or purposefully for (the purpose of) changing the result of a race - we never have, never will." The RAD Board will hand down penalty at 2:15pm today, although the fact that Moody was found guilty of the lesser charge means he at least avoids a three-year ban.

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