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Convicted cobalt cheat and horse doper, trainer Sam Kavanagh is facing a minimum 15 year disqualification after being found guilty on 23 of the 24 charges laid against him involving horse doping, race day treatment & and other illegal horse racing activity.

12 of the charges Kavanagh has been found guilty of carry mandatory sentences under the rules of racing and that if they were to be served cumulatively, he would be disqualified for 14 years and six months. That means 14 years & 6 months would be his minimum sentence. Insiders suggest he’s looking at a penalty of at least 20 years, a sentence that would surely end the career of Kavanagh, the son of champion Melbourne trainer Mark, who is himself embroiled in a cobalt investigation of his own.

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SAM KAVANAGH LIST OF BREACHES & FINDING

Breach (1) AR175(h)(i) – that he administered, or caused to be administered, to Midsummer Sun (GB), the prohibited substance cobalt, for the purpose of affecting the performance of the horse in the race; Finding – Guilty

Breach (2) AR175(h)(ii) – that he administered, or caused to be administered, to Midsummer Sun (GB), the prohibited substance cobalt, which was detected in a sample taken from the horse following its race; Finding – Guilty

Breach (3) AR178 – that he brought Midsummer Sun (GB) to race and a prohibited substance, cobalt, was detected in a swab sample; Pleaded – Guilty

Breach (4) AR175(h)(ii) – that he administered, or caused to be administered, to Midsummer Sun (GB), the prohibited substance caffeine, which was detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its race; Finding – Not Guilty

Breach (5) AR178 – that he brought Midsummer Sun (GB) to race and a prohibited substance, caffeine, was detected in a swab sample; Pleaded – Guilty

Breach (6) AR178E(1) – that he caused to be administered a race-day drench to Midsummer Sun (GB) on 9th January 2015, by arrangement with John Camilleri and effected by Mitchell Butterfield; Pleaded – Guilty

Breach (7) AR178E(1) – that he caused to be administered a race-day drench to Ceda Miss on 7th January 2015, by arrangement with John Camilleri and effected by Mitchell Butterfield; Finding – Guilty

Breach (8) AR178E(1) – that he caused to be administered a race-day drench to Palazzo Pubblico on 7th January 2015, by arrangement with John Camilleri and effected by Mitchell Butterfield; Finding – Guilty

Breach (9) AR178E(1) – that he caused to be administered a race-day medication in the form of an intravenous injection of a substance to Midsummer Sun (GB) on 9th January 2015, by arrangement with Michael O’Loughlin and effected by Mitchell Butterfield; Finding – Guilty

Breach (10) AR178E(1) – that he administered a race-day drench to Invinzabeel on 17th January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (11) AR178E(1) – that he administered a race-day drench to Palazzo Pubblico on 17th January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (12) AR178E(1) – that he administered a race-day drench to Centre Pivot on 24th January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (13) AR177B(6) – that he administered a substance or preparation specified in AR177B(2), namely cobalt, to Midsummer Sun (GB) between September 2014 and January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (14) AR177B(6) – that he administered a substance or preparation specified in AR177B(2), namely cobalt, to Centre Pivot between September 2014 and January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (15) AR177B(6) – that he administered a substance or preparation specified in AR177B(2), namely cobalt, to Spinning Diamond between September 2014 and January 2015; Finding – Guilty

Breach (16) AR175A – that he conducted himself in a manner prejudicial to the image and/or interests and/or welfare of racing by purchasing race-day drenches on the 12th, 17th, 20th and 23rd January 2015 from John Camilleri; Finding – Guilty

Breach (17) AR175(k) (breach of AR64M) – that he started Midsummer Sun (GB) in an official trial at Warwick Farm on 10th October 2014, when it had been administered a corticosteroid within 8 clear days; Pleaded – Guilty

Breach (18) AR175(a) – that he committed an improper practice by having administered, or causing to be administered, an alkalinising drench to The Sharpener, prior to trialling at Rosehill Gardens on the 2nd September 2014, for the purposes of enhancing the sale prospects of that racehorse; Finding – Guilty

Breach (19) AR178AA – that he administered, or caused to be administered, an alkalinising drench to The Sharpener on the morning of the 2nd September 2014, before trialling that horse at Rosehill Gardens on 2nd September 2014; Finding – Guilty

Breach (20) AR177B(6) – that he administered, in or around June 2014, to a horse trained by him, a prohibited substance specified in AR177B(2), namely xenon gas; Finding – Guilty

Breach (21) AR177B(5) – that he had on his stable premises, on or around 6th June 2014 (and therefore in his possession), a prohibited substance specified in AR177B(2), namely xenon gas; Finding – Guilty

Breach (22) AR178F – that, between the 20th June 2014 and 4th February 2015, he failed to record in stable records, all treatments and medications to horses in his care; Pleaded – Guilty

Breach (23) AR80E – that he, on the 4th and 16th February 2015, had on his stable premises, four substances or preparations that had not been registered and/or labelled and/or prescribed and/or dispensed and/or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation; Finding – Guilty

Breach (24) AR177B(5) – that he had in his stable premises, on 4th February 2015 (and therefore in his possession), a prohibited substance specified in AR177B(2), namely cobalt. Finding – Guilty

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