Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Victorian trainer Danny O’Brien has been disqualified for four years and Mark Kavanagh three years for administering cobalt to racehorses.

Vet Tom Brennan, who pleaded guilty to all but five of the charges against him, has been disqualified for five years.

The penalties were handed down by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Wednesday.

O’Brien says he is pleased they can now take the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to launch an appeal.

“It’s been a long 12 months and certainly some of this process has been less than satisfactory,” he said after the board handed down its findings.

O’Brien and Kavanagh will go directly to VCAT to seek a stay of proceedings.

The trainers, along with Brennan, were found guilty in December of the administration of cobalt for the purpose of affecting the performance of a horse in a race.

Four O’Brien-trained horses and the Kavanagh-trained Magicool returned levels of cobalt above the 200 micrograms per litre of urine threshold in 2014.

Counsel for the trainers, Damian Sheales, has compared the proceedings against his clients to the Salem witch trials.

O’Brien on Wednesday reiterated his criticisms of Racing Victoria’s handling of the investigation into elevated cobalt levels.

“We’ve raised some real issues about how this scenario’s played out over the last 12 months,” he said.

“We still haven’t had any answers … the chief integrity officer has gone missing.”

The trainers hope by going to VCAT they will be able to subpoena and question officials.

O’Brien has expressed disappointment that counsel was unable to cross examine Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey and Dion Villella, from RV’s Compliance and Assurance Team, during the seven-day hearing into the charges against them.

“At the end of the day they’re really only holding back the tide for when we get to VCAT and everything is examined properly in a real, adult court,” O’Brien said.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

3/11/2020 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Flemington, Melbourne Cup day

The Flemington Carnival continues on Tuesday, highlighted of course by the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup (3200m)....

Melbourne Cup Field – 2020

View the final field and barriers for the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 3rd...

Golden Eagle results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 The Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle was raced at Rosehill racecourse on...

Victoria Derby results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Victoria Derby. The Victoria Derby was raced at Flemington racecourse on 31/10/2020....

Lexus Hotham Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes. The Lexus Hotham Stakes was raced at Flemington racecourse...

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup always approaches fast, with the 2020 edition commencing at 3pm, Tuesday 3rd November. The race that stops...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 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.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or