Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Australia's BIGGEST and Best Bookmaker!
Sign-Up to Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Sky Racing FREE!
Sign-Up and watch Sky Racing For Free on Your Phone!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Danny O’Brien has confirmed he and fellow trainer Mark Kavanagh will seek damages from the clinic that employed the vet involved in the long-running cobalt saga.

O’Brien and Kavanagh were on Tuesday fined $8000 and $4000 respectively for presenting horses to race with elevated cobalt levels in their systems after being cleared of administration by Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal president, Justice Greg Garde.

Legal proceedings have commenced against Flemington Equine Clinic after vet Tom Brennan admitted giving horses, one of Kavanagh’s and four from O’Brien, a substance called vitamin complex while denying knowledge it contained high levels of cobalt.

O’Brien said damages would be against the veterinary practice.

“We have already commenced proceedings against Flemington Equine who are ultimately responsible for these positives occurring,” O’Brien told RSN927.

O’Brien said more than $10 million was likely to be sought.

“We’re trying to quantify the losses now to make sure our statement of claim is thorough when it goes into the vets insurers,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien and Kavanagh have also been asked to apply for costs from the VCAT hearing which ran 26 days.

O’Brien said they had already been awarded 30 per cent of costs for the Court Of Appeal hearing brought on by Racing Victoria after Justice Garde had dismissed a four-year disqualification for O’Brien and a three-year penalty for Kavanagh.

He said fighting those bans had cost in excess of $1 million.

The pair were heartened by recent comments from new RV chairman Brian Kruger that they are looking at integrity closely.

He said there was a lot to be learned from the past three years.

“I’ve got no beef with the intention of the integrity department,” O’Brien said.

“They certainly have a real will to make sure racing is as clean as it possibly can be in this state.

“I think some of there execution could be improved.”

  • 400% BONUS at Ladbrokes Sign-up at Ladbrokes via this ad and Deposit $50 and start BETTING with $250! HURRY! Offer ends this week!
  • BET NOW!
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Steel Prince races into the Melbourne Cup

The connections of Steel Prince have celebrated the gelding’s victory in The Andrew Ramsden as if they had just won...

Andrew Ramsden Stakes results and replay – 2019

View the results and replay for the 2019 Andrew Ramsden Stakes. The Andrew Ramsden Stakes was raced at Flemington racecourse...

Kingsford Smith Cup results and replay – 2019

View the results and replay for the 2019 Kingsford Smith Cup. The Kingsford Smith Cup was raced at Eagle Farm...

Potential staying star who was rejected by his mum

Yesterday at Gawler, a 3YO sprouted wings in the straight to race away and win like a horse going places....

Prominent horse owner Damion Flower arrested on drug charges

High-profile Australian racehorse owner Damion Flower will remain behind bars for at least a week after being charged over his...

Ben Currie guilty of another 12 charges

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of a further 12 charges, this time, of race day administration and...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.