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« 2019-Sep-10, 05:43 PM Reply #50 »
I have this irresistible urge to say " I told you so".

It has been almost five years since this debate started and what the letter above outlines is the position that some (like Ascot and me) argued from the onset.

Ascot has scientific credentials but I do not  ( well, social science...on second thoughts forget about it )  but even I could figure that this was pathetically poor rule making that was doing massive and unnecessary damage to the sport and the industry.   

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« 2019-Sep-18, 08:46 AM Reply #51 »
VETS TO REPORT TO RA ON COBALT SCIENCE
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
 
The Racing Australia board has asked its veterinary advisory committee to report back on the science of cobalt following a letter from the Australian Trainers Association.

The ATA has asked RA to review rules in light of an increasing number of scientific opinions that cobalt levels can be inadvertently boosted by legally sourced and administered substances.

It has also raised questions about the effectiveness of cobalt improving performance in racehorses and whether fines, rather than disqualifications, were more appropriate penalties.

RA chairman Greg Nichols said the board at its recent meeting had asked the veterinary committee to report back at their next meeting in November.

"You don't make decisions unless you've accumulated all the facts and we've gone to the experts to come back to us," Nichols told RSN927.

"We've told the ATA that that's our preferred course of action and then we'll make a determination in November."

Australia has a threshold of 100mcg/L of cobalt, an internationally recognised standard.

Before its next meeting RA hopes to also have a clearer picture regarding Regumate which has divided the states.

Regumate, which has been fond to produce positive results to traces of steroids, controls the cycles of mares with Racing NSW allowing for "non-consequential" amounts of trendione and trenbolone.

Nichols said the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was due to meet in France next month.

He said IFHA was awaiting a study from France Galop and data from other jurisdictions on whether Regumate should be a banned substance.

"I'm hopeful for a determination out of that meeting," Nichols said.

"Then we come back for our November meeting and formulate an Australian position, one that is applicable and enforceable Australia-wide and not subject to local rules."

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« 2019-Sep-18, 06:14 PM Reply #52 »
INQUIRY INTO THE ANALYSTS FINDING OF COBALT IN A URINE SAMPLE TAKEN FROM TESARC SUBSEQUENT TO IT BEING PLACED FIRST IN THE BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP 1420M CONDUCTED AT GRAFTON RACECOURSE ON 29 APRIL 2019. Grafton Racecourse Wednesday 29 April 2019 Stewards: M A Holloway (Chairman) R W Loughlin The Stewards today conducted an inquiry into two Analysts’ findings of cobalt at a concentration above the level excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from Tesarc following that gelding winning Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap 1420m at Grafton racecourse on the 29 April 2019. Cobalt was certified at the following levels. National Measurement Institute 216µg/L Racing Analytical Services Ltd 195µg/L Evidence was taken from trainer of Tesarc, Mr Scott Henley, licensed stablehand Mrs Fleur Henley, Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Toby Koenig, ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley and veterinarian Dr Derek Major. Mr Henley was found guilty to a charge under AR240(2) in that being the trainer of the racehorse Tesarc, he brought Tesarc to Grafton racecourse on Monday 29 April 2019 for the purpose of participating in Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap 1420m and the prohibited substance Cobalt was detected, above the level of 100 micrograms per litre excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B, in a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding following it winning Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap on that day. Penalty In assessing penalty stewards considered the decision of the Racing Appeals Tribunal in the matter of Sprague 27 June 2018, where The Tribunal determined the starting point for cobalt offences, involving presentation, be a period of disqualification of 16 months. After taking into account Mr Henley’s clean record, having been involved in racing for approximately 34 years, the last 5 years as a trainer, and his not guilty plea the Stewards determined that a period of disqualification of 14 months was the appropriate penalty. Accordingly, Mr Henley was disqualified for a period to commence immediately and to expire on 17 November 2020. Mr Henley was advised that he is permitted to care and work horses in his care for a period of 7 days whilst he makes the appropriate arrangements to comply with the provisions of a AR263, however he is not permitted to nominate or start a horse in a race or official trial during this time. Mr Henley was advised of his right of appeal against conviction and penalty. RACING NSW – STEWARDS REPORT Acting under the requirements of AR240(1), Tesarc was disqualified from its 1st placing in Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap conducted at Grafton racecourse on the 29 April 2019 and the placing’s were amended as follows: 1st My Dream Lover 2nd Dark Image 3rd Caro Cavallo 4th Spirit of Husson 5th New Endeavour Relevant Rules AR 240 (2) - Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse for the purpose of participating in a race and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of the horse at any relevant time breaches these Australian Rules. AR240(1) – Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and / or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the horse must be disqualified from any race in which it started on that day. M A Holloway Chief Steward NRRA

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« 2019-Sep-22, 07:25 PM Reply #53 »


Dear Member,
 
Following 18-months of discussions with racing authorities, our national regulator, Racing Australia, has at long last initiated a review into our national Cobalt saga.
 
This includes a review of the science that underpins the regulatory arguments, testing procedures and, whether the associated Rules of Racing and penalties remain appropriate or require change.
 
This week, the Chair of Racing Australia, Mr Greg Nichols, publically confirmed when speaking on RSN Radio in Melbourne, the results of this review should be available in early November 2019.
 
Given this advice, the ATA has today sent the attached letter to every state principal racing authority (and judicial body where the regulatory function is separate from the racing authority).
 
Click here to view letter to Racing Australia  :  http://www.austrainers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Letter-to-PRA-Cobalt-19Sep2019.pdf
 
Furthermore, I, along with Mr. Colin Chapman, an eminent veterinary surgeon who has spent a lifetime studying and teaching pharmacokinetics (the study of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion), will appear on RSN Radio in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 September, between 9.00am and 9.45am, with host Michael Felgate.
 
The principle aim of this interview is for Colin to explain the science that sits behind cobalt, the key pharmacokinetic considerations, and where, in his qualified opinion, the current laboratory testing procedures are failing the industry.
 
Should you wish to provide your feedback in writing in relation to these matters, please do so by clicking here.
 
Alternatively, contact the office on (03) 9372-1688 should any one wish to discuss this with myself.
 
Kind Regards
 
 
Andrew Nicholl
Chief Executive Officer

Australian Trainers' Association

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« 2019-Sep-24, 04:52 PM Reply #54 »
QUEENSLAND COBALT INQUIRIES TO GO AHEAD
Tuesday 24 September, 2019
 
 
Qld Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett says unresolved cobalt inquiries wil go ahead.

Several outstanding cobalt inquiries in Queensland will be dealt with according to the current rules despite the Australian Trainers' Association calling for a review of the science relating to the substance.

Queensland Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett said Racing Australia had advised him it had not resolved to review the situation and as such any inquiries would go ahead.

Barnett quoted part of a letter from RA chief executive Barry O'Farrell.
"I write to advise that Racing Australia's August Board meeting did not determine to initiate a review into cobalt "...including inter alia, matters that surround the science, laboratory testing procedures and penalties..." or take any action which justifies the Australian Trainer's Association's (ATA) request for a suspension/deferral by Principal Racing Authorities /integrity bodies of charges/cases relating to cobalt," O'Farrell said.

Barnett said O'Farrell had been clear that "RA has not determined to initiate a review into cobalt, it has however established a working party of veterinarians and analysts to provide the RA Board with advice on the following issues only;
The merits of a total ban on the use of injectable products containing cobalt salts; and
cobalt regulation in relation to out of competition testing."

Barnett said he supported RA's approach which was to remove the emotion, seek expert advice and establish the facts to enable its board to make an informed decision.
"The national racing bodies set the rules of racing and it is the role of the Commission to enforce them," he said.

Several Victorian trainers have also called for a review of the science and testing surrounding cobalt which has a national threshold of 100mcg/L.


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« 2019-Oct-08, 07:38 PM Reply #55 »
This is a turn up Darrell Graham refused a licence to work as a stable hand or strapper ..there's nothing in the AHHR to prevent a suspended trainer /driver being licensed in another capacity unlike the ARB where a suspended trainer is not eligible to be licensed as a strapper ...Darrell copped it twice ...on a stay since 2015 after being disqualifed for 15 months over a positive swab he finally gets a decision on his appeal resulting in 12 months suspension which he is currently serving ..he would have been better off if the learned QCAT member Prof Aughterson had simply dismissed his appeal in which case he would be back in business.... the decision to issue a licence is a discretionary matter but in the absence of reasons in the internal review we are none the wiser as to the grounds on which the original decision and the subsequent confirmation at internal review were made.......possibly the fit and proper person test will get an airing if this goes to appeal......my understanding is that Darrell has an excellent record the Mafuta Vautin positive the only significant blemish on his othwerwise exemplary conduct.

 https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Darrel-Graham-IR0078-19.pdf


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