Racing Victoria confirmed today that two further racehorse trainers are under investigation over the alleged use of the prohibited substance cobalt.
It comes just a day after the announcement that a horse under leading trainer Peter Moody had tested positive for the same substance.
Racing Victoria said it had received a report from Racing Analytical Services confirming that three horses trained by Danny O’Brien – Caravan Rolls On, Bondeiger and De Little Engine – had returned race-day samples in which the substance had been detected at excessive concentrations.
The report relates to:
- A pre-race urine sample taken from Caravan Rolls On when the horse ran eighth in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes over 2500m at Flemington on November 1 last year;
- A pre-race urine sample taken from Bondeiger when the colt ran second in the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby over 2500m at Flemington on the same day; and
- A post-race urine sample taken from De Little Engine when the gelding won the People@Work Handicap over 2300m at Sportsbet-Ballarat 21 days later.
The urine samples were found to contain cobalt at a concentration over 200 micrograms per litre in urine, which is a prohibited substance under racing’s rules.
Cobalt is an essential mineral nutrient which affects multiple body systems and is toxic at high dosages.
The samples were analysed at the Chem Centre in Western Australia and were confirmed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Laboratory.
Stewards had today told O’Brien of the findings and their investigations were continuing.
Racing Victoria said it had also received a report that cobalt had been found in a urine sample from the Mark Kavanagh-trained racehorse, Magicool.
It related to a post-race urine sample taken when the gelding won the UCI Stakes over 1800 metres at Flemington racecourse on October 4 last year.
The report says the urine sample contained cobalt at a level above 200 micrograms per litre.
The samples were analysed by Chem Centre in Western Australia and confirmed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Laboratory, Racing Victoria said.
Stewards said Kavanagh had been told and their inquiries were ongoing.