Trainer Peter Moody’s cobalt case resumes on Thursday for final legal arguments.
Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear final submissions before adjourning for an undetermined period to decide if Moody is guilty of administering a prohibited substance, an offence which carries a minimum three-year disqualification.
Moody’s defence has blamed Lidari’s elevated cobalt reading after his second in the 2014 Turnbull Stakes on a stablehand mistakenly giving the horse large doses of oral hoof treatment Availa, at seven times the recommended quantity.
Racing Victoria stewards’ barrister Jeff Gleeson QC last year said the belated defence story was hopeless and did not explain Lidari’s elevated cobalt reading.
Lidari, who was also given a vitamin injection the day before the Turnbull Stakes that was as usual prepared by Moody staff, recorded a cobalt level about double the allowed threshold.