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« 2015-Mar-18, 10:33 PM Reply #25 »
if it was a no body they would name them
 

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« 2015-Mar-19, 08:08 AM Reply #26 »
Except in Queensland the trainers here have not been named

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« 2015-Apr-29, 07:21 PM Reply #27 »
Cobalt Inquiry adjourned

Racing Queensland Stewards have adjourned their inquiry into the reasons a urine sample taken from the Jamie McConachy-trained Vandalised, returned elevated readings of cobalt chloride following the Rockhampton Cup on June 21, 2014.

The sample returned a reading of 280 micrograms per itre in urine initially and 293 micrograms on confirmatory analysis

Racing Queensland Chief Steward - Thoroughbreds Allan Reardon said Mr McConachy and his legal team had been granted an adjournment to allow him to provide a witness who will give scientific evidence.

“Mr McConachy requested an adjournment to give him the opportunity to enlist a witness who may dispute the evidence provided by Paul Mills, Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology, on behalf of Racing Queensland today,” Mr Reardon said.

“He did not object to any of the documentation provided by Racing Queensland.

“The adjournment was granted and the hearing will resume on either May 13, 2015 or May 20, 2015 pending the witness’s availability.”

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« 2015-Jun-29, 04:27 PM Reply #28 »
Trevor Lambourn has been found guilty and given 3 years for 2 counts of cobalt both winners and both at Redcliffe

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« 2015-Aug-06, 07:20 AM Reply #29 »
Queensland harness racing bans set to be overturned because of legal loophole
•   by: Brad Davidson
•   From: Gold Coast Bulletin
•   August 06, 2015 12:00AM
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It is believed three harness trainers will have their bans lifted today. Source: News Limited
A LEGAL loophole has the potential to break doping cases in Queensland wide open as Racing Queensland gets set to concede defeat in three harness cobalt cases.
Racing Queensland will make an announcement today that could have huge ramifications for all three codes of Queensland racing.
It is believed interstate laboratories, namely the ChemCentre in Perth and the National Measurement Institute in Sydney, which have been used by Racing Queensland to send racing samples for testing, may not be approved as credited facilities under the Racing Act, at least for certain samples.
It means certain samples tested at those facilities would not be admissible as evidence in court.
The news is set to rock the Queensland racing industry.

Harness trainers Shawn Grimsey, from the Gold Coast, Trevor Lambourn and Ken Belford will meet with RQ officials today, where their cobalt charges are likely to be dropped and their bans likely to be removed.
It comes after the appeals of all the three trainers were set to be heard over the next seven days.
Racing Queensland officials refused to comment last night but a media release is set to be released today with more details.
The announcement is set to leave RQ officials red-faced and will be a further blow for the Queensland racing industry, which has already been hit hard by plenty of bad news, including the live baiting scandal, in the past six months.
Lambourn was disqualified by RQ stewards for three years in June after two horses in his care produced positive samples to cobalt last year, while Belford and Grimsey were both slapped with 18-month bans for cobalt positives to one and two horses respectively.
Lambourn and Belford’s appeals were set to be heard today, while Grimsey’s appeal was set down for Monday.
But it is understood the three harness trainers are likely to walk free today.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/queensland-harness-racing-bans-set-to-be-overturned-because-of-legal-loophole/story-fnj94ixl-1227471837865

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« 2015-Aug-06, 09:32 AM Reply #30 »
If this is right on whos head is this is it the former head of integrity or the former Ceo  or the former minister or all three or someone else.

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« 2015-Aug-06, 12:43 PM Reply #31 »


Joint statement from Minister Bill Byrne and Racing Queensland


6 Aug 2015

Racing Queensland advises it today conceded the appeals of three harness trainers charged with presenting horses with excessive levels of cobalt chloride, which were before the Racing Disciplinary Board.

The decision was made following Racing Queensland’s careful examination of the laboratories used, which revealed a procedural error of law had occurred in the applicable certification processes.

As such the Minister for Racing Bill Byrne has immediately instructed the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing and Racing Queensland to engage Deloitte to conduct a comprehensive audit of all handling procedures of the Racing Science Centre, the Office of Racing Regulation and Racing Queensland.

Racing Queensland Acting CEO Ian Hall said it was important to note, that each of the samples was well in excess of the 200mg/L threshold and the accuracy of the positive samples was not in question.

“Racing Queensland considers there is no question surrounding the accuracy of the results that have been returned on these samples,” Mr Hall said.

“The samples were tested by NATA certified laboratories qualified to conduct such testing and confirmatory analysis.

“There is an issue pertaining to an administrative error relating to the certification of the laboratories for the specific purposes of the Racing Act 2002 framework.

“Today’s outcome does not impact any future samples in Queensland.”

Minister Byrne said The Queensland Government and Racing Queensland had both acted openly and transparently in this process and have taken a number of actions to ensure the procedures are rectified immediately.

“We are currently seeking legal advice to assess if any legislative changes are required to be made as a consequence of this matter.

“The Racing Science Centre has been able to test for cobalt chloride in-house since 26 May 2015, while the secondary testing laboratories will be added to the list of certified laboratories immediately.

“As part of the Government’s response to the MacSporran Inquiry recommendations, the Racing Science Centre will now also report to the soon-to-be-formed Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.”

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« 2015-Aug-07, 10:04 AM Reply #32 »
http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/queensland-cobalt-cases-collapse-after-procedural-error/story-fnii0njy-1227473144737

THOROUGHBRED trainers Glen Baker and Jamie McConachy are likely to have their disqualifications over elevated cobalt readings lifted after Racing Queensland conceded a procedural error in testing for the substance on Thursday.
 
Six months of investigations by RQ were scuttled as harness trainers Trevor Lambourn, Ken Belford and Shawn Grimsey walked away from their cobalt disqualifications on a point of law, opening the door for Baker and McConaghy to do the same.

Baker’s appeal has been heard by the Racing Disciplinary Board but chairman Brock Miller indicated the new evidence would be permitted before its conclusion.

There is no suggestion the cobalt levels were inaccurate, but the laboratories used did not fall under the umbrella of those set out in the Racing Act 2002 framework.

RQ stewards were represented at the hearing by Alan Macsporran, QC, the man who headed the recent inquiry into Greyhound Racing which led to the sacking of the entire RQ board and chief executive Darren Condon.
 
Macsporran told the hearing it was an “innocent breach” by Racing Queensland and the Racing Science Centre but one which ultimately meant the convictions had to be quashed and costs refunded to the appellants.
 
Queensland racing minister Bill Byrne. Pictu Liam Kidston Source: News Corp Australia
 
“There is an error of law in the way the sampling was dealt with in the sense the samples were sent from the Racing Science Centre here (in Brisbane) to be tested in Western Australia and New South Wales. Those labs as it turns out are not accredited labs,’’ Macsporran said.

Racing Queensland was told to pay the $37,000 in legal expenses incurred by the three trainers during the inquiries.

Six lawyers worked out the final details before Thursday’s hearing after a deal was brokered on Wednesday for Racing Queensland to concede the appeal.

Belford — who has continued training under a stay of the proceedings — and Grimsey can now continue their ¬involvement in the sport. Lambourn is serving a two-year disqualification for betting offences, but will recoup $14,587 in expenses as well as having the two horses which tested positive to cobalt reinstated in their races.

Racing Minister Bill Byrne has ordered an audit of all handling procedures at the Racing Science Centre, the Office of Racing Regulation and Racing Queensland.

Byrne said a number of secondary testing labs would be added to the list of certified laboratories immediately and legal advice had been sought to determine whether any legislative change is needed.
   

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« 2015-Aug-07, 11:04 AM Reply #33 »
If this is right on whos head is this is it the former head of integrity or the former Ceo  or the former minister or all three or someone else.

This has nothing to do with Deagon.  It emanates from the Department of Racing. 

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« 2016-Jul-07, 11:53 AM Reply #34 »
Twitter rumour mill- Day and Mc Dowell trots trainers outed for cobalt have apparently had their licences reinstated plus costs afforded by the Supreme Court...
If true, this could be huge...

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« 2016-Sep-12, 09:04 AM Reply #35 »


Phone call lifts spirits in emotional cobalt drama
 


BEN DORRIES AND NATHAN EXELBY, The Courier-Mail

September 11, 2016 5:00pm
 



THE wife of leading Queensland harness racing driver Darrel Graham was grocery shopping when she took a phone call and burst into tears.

Darrel Graham, training on a stay of proceedings of a 15-month cobalt disqualification, was ringing to tell wife Linda that Darling Downs thoroughbred trainer Rochelle Smith had successfully appealed against her cobalt ban.



It was emotional news for the Grahams as it gave them renewed hope there was light at the end of the tunnel of their own cobalt saga. It could also be significant news.

One of Smith’s cobalt positives came when her horse Grey Countess ran second on the Gold Coast on May 30 last year.

That was the same day Graham’s stable star Mafuta Vautin was tested and subsequently returned a cobalt ­irregularity. And Graham claims the testing processes were the same.

“I’ve spoken to Rochelle Smith a number of times and the paperwork she has got is exactly the same as my paperwork,” Graham said.

“Her horse’s samples and my horse’s samples were tested in the same time frame in Brisbane and the sample went to exactly the same place in Western Australia (ChemCentre).

“I rang my wife Linda and said our case now looks awfully good, seeing as Rochelle is in the clear.

“Linda was shopping in Woolies and she burst into tears straight away.”



However, Graham may not be off the hook.

His case has an important variation from Smith’s because the rules of harness racing differ from thoroughbreds.

While thoroughbred rules deem that samples need to have been tested by two official laboratories to form a “prima facie case”, harness rule of racing 191 (1) states that a certificate from just one approved drug testing laboratory is “prima facie evidence of the matters certified”.

Therefore, stewards have ruled the ChemCentre test is not needed to make the charge stand.

Graham has appealed to the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Internal Review system. If unsuccessful there, he has the option of progressing his case to QCAT.

Graham said the emotional toll of the case had been high on his family and he had been struggling to sleep at night.

“This whole cobalt thing has been a rollercoaster ride since day one,” he said.

“But common sense does seem to be starting to prevail in a lot of cases.

“I know I haven’t done anything wrong.

“I have never before had to take sleeping pills at night, but I have had to recently as I keep waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep.”

Seems strange that with the large number of runners Darrel has had just one positive which  doesn't suggest he is a cheat but how it came to be is a mystery ...the other issue is the difference in the rules governing harness racing to gallopers......one test is "prima facie" the second test is "conclusive evidence".......it's been a long drawn out procedure he has had to endure ......inexplicable why it has taken so long and no end in sight maybe the CM story will result in some energy to bring it to conclusion.
 


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« 2016-Dec-06, 06:23 PM Reply #36 »
Only slightly over the 200 threshold with readings of 215 and 220 but it has cost trainer Mark Billinger 3 years he also has to pay the HRSA'a costs of $1500.

http://www.harnesslink.com/News/Mark-Billinger-disqualified-for-3-years

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« 2016-Dec-12, 05:08 PM Reply #37 »
Darrell Graham exonerated over Testosterone positive from Mafuta Vautin but horse disqualified as Internal reviewer found the rules did not allow any discretion to allow the win to stand...he recommended the HRB adopt the ARB rule 177 C .

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0041-16-darrel-graham-internal-review-decision.pdf

Darrell's cobalt positive from the same horse has still to be determined....he was given 15 months by stewards.

Other cobalt positives .....Darren Weeks got 15 months and lost at the internal review but has the option to apply to QCAT.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0035-16-darren-weeks-internal-review-decision.pdf


Stewards disqualified  Neale Scott  for 18 months he has right of appeal to the Internal review.


Darren and Neale have a long history in harness racing with clean records.



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« Last Edit: 2016-Dec-12, 05:16 PM by Arsenal »

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« 2016-Dec-12, 07:59 PM Reply #38 »
Fascinating that every arsenic positive is being treated with caution and blame being put by authorities on treated fence posts that the horses chew and ingest, yet denial still on cobalt?
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« 2016-Dec-20, 07:12 AM Reply #39 »
Neale Scott's appeal against his cobalt DQ is on today at QCAT hope for his sake he is successful very decent bloke Neale drove a winner for me many years ago when my driver was indisposed through injury.

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« 2017-Jan-03, 08:08 PM Reply #40 »
Rachel Scott's cobalt positive decision.....15 months.


http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0044-16-rachel-scott-internal-review-decision.pdf


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« 2017-Sep-12, 07:13 PM Reply #41 »
Julie Weidemann 9 months for cobalt positive confirmed at internal review.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WEIDEMANN-Julie-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

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