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
Mark Kavanagh

Racing Victoria has lost a bid to resurrect charges against trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh after the state’s highest court upheld a ruling that cleared them of administering cobalt.

Racing Victoria took the long-running case to the Court of Appeal, after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal overturned O’Brien and Kavanagh’s respective four- and three-year disqualifications for administering cobalt.

The Court of Appeal on Friday upheld Racing Victoria’s appeal on a presentation charge but rejected an appeal over charges the trainers administered cobalt, which in high doses can enhance racehorses’ performance.

“The orders made by the tribunal dismissing the charges … should stand,” Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell said.

The case will be sent back to VCAT to determine a penalty for the presentation charges.

Outside court, O’Brien said the trainers had been exonerated of wrongdoing.

“Absolutely it’s a win,” he told reporters.

“This has always been about administration and once again we’ve been found to be completely innocent of administration.”

VCAT president Justice Greg Garde had concluded that while there was no doubt cobalt was administered to four O’Brien horses and one Kavanagh racehorse in late 2014, the trainers had no knowledge of it.

It was clear they were victims of veterinarian Tom Brennan and had no knowledge, inkling or suspicion that the vet intended to use the contents of a “vitamin complex” bottle in drips for their horses, the judge said in dismissing the charges in March.

The trainers say they never administered cobalt to the horses.

“That’s been the battleground here the whole way through,” O’Brien said.

“We’re very pleased that the three Supreme Court judges here today have reinforced Justice Garde’s decision that Mark and I, at no stage, had ever attempted to grease the rules of racing.

“And we can all move on.”

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

Alligator Blood’s trainer and owners part ways

Trainer David Vandyke will not be the trainer of star Queensland galloper Alligator Blood when the horse returns. David Vandyke...

Railway Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Railway Stakes. The Railway Stakes was raced at Ascot racecourse on 21/11/2020....

Tokoriki Lad wins in unusual fashion

Punters watching the last race at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday did a quick double-take and then they still had...

The Gong results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 The Gong. The Gong was raced at Kembla Grange racecourse on 21/11/2020....

Ballarat Cup results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Ballarat Cup. The Ballarat Cup was raced at Ballarat racecourse on 21/11/2020....

Star Queenslander Rothfire recovering well

For Rothfire, the Group 1 Golden Rose, back on September 26, was meant to be the final stepping-stone towards participation...

Connections turn down huge money for exciting stayer

Connections of exciting stayer Ain’tnodeeldun have turned down big money from Hong Kong interests. Co-trainer Sam Freedman has confirmed offers...

Racing officials reviewing use of whip

A study commissioned by the RSPCA has put the issue of whip use back in the spotlight after it found...

Stud career looms for Cox Plate winner

A stud career for Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is nearing although trainer Ciaron Maher will look to add a...

Winterbottom Stakes

The is a  race held at each year over and is known to be Western Australia’s premier sprint event. The race...

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 www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.