Leading Australian thoroughbred trainer Peter Moody faces an investigation after one of his team’s horses returned a positive test for cobalt.
Stewards with Racing Victoria confirmed they had received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited confirming that cobalt was found in a sample collected from the Moody-trained horse, Lidari.
The report related to a post-race urine sample taken from Lidari when the horse finished second in the Turnbull Stakes over 2000 metres at Flemington Racecourse on October 4 last year.
The report said the urine sample contained cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine, which is classified as a prohibited substance in accordance with the rules of racing.
Cobalt is an essential mineral nutrient which affects multiple body systems and is toxic at high dosages.
The sample was tested at the Chem Centre in Western Australia and was confirmed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Laboratory.
Racing Victoria stewards said they had advised Moody of the findings and were continuing their investigation.
Moody, who trained the retired sprint mare Black Caviar to her remarkable unbeaten run of 25 straight wins, released a statement saying he was devastated to be told that Lidari had tested positive.
“I have no knowledge or understanding as to how this could occur and will work with 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 this announcement, I will make no further comment until its conclusion.”