Champion horse trainer Peter Moody has been cleared of illegally administering cobalt to one of his racehorses in 2014.
Moody, best known for training champion sprinter Black Caviar, was facing a potential three-year ban if found guilty of the charge. His horse, Lidari, returned a positive sample for elevated levels of cobalt following his second place finish in the Group One Turnbull Stakes in 2014.
The trainer stood by his claims that his staff had overfed Lidari’s hoof medication, which had a higher percentage of cobalt than stated by the manufacturer.
The Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board, however, did find Moody guilty of two lesser charges relating to non-intentional administration of cobalt to a racehorse. Those penalties will be heard at a later date. – Luke Cullen
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