PETER Moody will set foot back on Australian soil on Wednesday after a flight from Europe and within days learn whether he faces cobalt charges involving his horse Lidari.
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said the testing of Moody’s feeding/supplement program had been completed on Friday and industry vets had reviewed the results over the weekend.
Bailey said they expected to inform the Caulfield trainer of their findings by the end of the week.
Moody has been holidaying in Europe for a month.
Lidari returned an illegal cobalt reading after running second in the Turnbull Stakes last October.
Bailey said stewards had conducted trial tests with the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority and an independent organisation in NSW.
He said the nature of those tests would not be explained until a later date.
Bailey said Moody’s case varied from those of Flemington trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh in that he had a different explanation for the high cobalt levels.
O’Brien, Kavanagh, as well as Lee and Shannon Hope and vet Dr Tom Brennan, are facing a total of 49 charges relating to administering cobalt to runners last year.
Brennan, a partner in Flemington Equine Clinic who provided assistance for the O’Brien and Kavanagh stables, is also facing 11 charges from NSW stewards over an illegal cobalt reading involving Sam Kavanagh’s horse Midsummer Sun. The clinic’s practice manager Aaron Corby faces two charges in NSW.
Bailey said RVL stewards had compared notes with their NSW counterparts.
“Obviously there are similarities in the cases of the Flemington trainers and Sam Kavanagh, the common denominator being Flemington Equine centre,” Bailey said.
Trainer Sam Kavanagh is Mark Kavanagh’s son. Midsummer Sun tested positive to illegal levels of cobalt and caffeine after winning the Gosford Cup in January.
The horse was disqualified.
Sam Kavanagh faces 24 charges for varied offences, including the administration of prohibited substances and race-day treatments to his horses and conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing.