By Costa Rolfe
Trainer Stephen Farley has today been disqualified from training for a period of 12 months following an inquiry by Racing NSW Stewards.
The ban stems from a positive cobalt reading returned by Farley’s filly Di’s Diamond in a race at Taree on 28 February. Di’s Diamond’s pre-race urine sample returned an illegal cobalt concentration, with the National Measurement Institute reporting a finding of 377 ug/L, and ChemCentre reporting a cobalt level of 380 ug/L. The national cobalt threshold is a concentration of 200 ug/L.
Farley pleaded guilty to a charge under AR178 of having brought Di’s Diamond to Taree Racecourse for the purposes of engaging in a race when a prohibited substance was detected in a sample taken from that filly prior to it running in the race.
Farley was disqualified from racing for a period of 12 months, to expire on the 10th May 2017.
In assessing penalty, Stewards took into account Farley’s guilty plea, his clear record over 17 years as a licensed trainer, his good standing in the racing industry and his commitment to racing in respect to the conduct of a professional stable, including employment of nine staff.
Farley is best known as the trainer of popular gelding Sincero, winner of 12 of his 30 starts including the 2011 Group One Stradbroke Handicap and the 2011 Group One George Main Stakes.