Champion Australian trainer Peter Moody who has shot to world prominence in recent years thanks to his association with world champion mare Black Caviar will front the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary board in an extensive 3 day hearing commencing on Monday the 14th of December. Moody has accepted the charge of presenting his horse Lidari, at the races with an elevated Cobalt level, but is contesting the charge that he administered the horse cobalt prior to it testing twice over the legal threshold limit. He’s essentially challenging the ‘science’ that dictates how a horse can have an elevated cobalt level.
Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Briens hearings with the board for cobalt charges will commence concurrently on Monday the 30th of November.
If precedent is any indication the trio which have to front to board are facing lengthy bans. Father – Son training combination Lee and Shannon Hope were disqualified for three and five years respectively. The Hopes were found guilty on three charges of administering, or causing to be administered, a prohibited substance (cobalt) for the purpose of affecting performance.
It sure could be a dark time for the sport with 3 of Melbournes leading trainers on the chopping block in coming weeks.