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Moody Receives 12 Month Suspension, Will Serve 6
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board yesterday afternoon suspended champion Victorian trainer Peter Moody for 12 months, six months of which is suspended, reports Racing.com. Racing Victoria stewards had called for a 2-year ban. The suspension period will commence at midnight on 24 March. On Wednesday, 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. The suspended six month sentence means Moody won't have to serve the remaining six months provided he does not commit a similar offence during that period. "I'm a bit numb really," Moody said late yesterday afternoon. "It gives me a possibility of saving my business, in some way, shape or form. I'll go home, I'll have a chat to my wife, my family and my legal team before we decide the next step." He added: "I've always suggested that I'm not going to be a lifer when it comes to training, but I certainly want to go out on my terms, not someone else's, and that's not what has happened here today."