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.
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Alternatively, contact the office on (03) 9372-1688 should any one wish to discuss this with myself.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Trainers' Association