Peter Moody Facing Cobalt Investigation

Peter Moody Facing Cobalt Investigation

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Peter Moody Facing Cobalt Investigation

Champion Melbourne trainer Peter Moody is under investigation after Racing Victoria stewards revealed that one of his top Group horses tested positive to the banned substance cobalt during the 2014 spring carnival. 

Peter Moody

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Moody confirmed late on Tuesday that he has been informed by Racing Victoria stewards of a positive test to an illegal substance.
Racing Victoria confirmed the substance was cobalt and the sample had been taken from Lidari after he finished second in the G1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in October.
 
Stewards sent the sample to Perth and Hong Kong laboratories for testing to confirm the initial positive reading.
The investigation is ongoing and not date has been set for a hearing.
Australian racing authorities recently agreed to a threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in swab samples as cobalt is a naturally occurring trace element that may be present in horses at low levels due to ingestion of feed stuffs that contain it in trace amounts.

Its administration to horses is banned as it can have a similar effect to the illegal blood-boosting drug EPO.
If a swab sample is found to contain a reading above 200 micrograms a trainer may face severe penalties including disqualification for up to three years and/or heavy fines.
Moody said he was shocked when informed of the positive test.
“I am devastated to be informed by Racing Victoria stewards that one of my horses has tested positive to a banned substance during the 2014 spring carnival,” Moody said in a statement.
“I have no knowledge or understanding as to how this could occur and will work with the Racing Victoria Integrity Services Department to bring this matter to a conclusion as soon as possible.
“I take great pride in my role in thoroughbred racing in Victoria and strive to manage my business and support my wonderful group of owners and staff with the highest levels of honesty and professionalism. I will continue to pursue this goal over the next few months and do everything possible to clear my name.
“In respect to the proceedings that will follow from this announcement, I will not be making any further comment until their conclusion.”
Moody is a four-time Victorian premiership winning trainer and is known globally as the trainer of champion sprinter Black Caviar.

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