Chill Vintage, or put Norton on ignore....that's what the button is for, and the choice is yours
. I am entitled to as much space as you have in here, and will use my share as I want to. This is not a minuted corporate space, it a blogsite. Perhaps you mistake "vendetta" with my intolerance of stupidity expressed daily on another blogsite. And be assured, I am in the majority on that one.
But to address your "personal interest", perhaps one can debate if Cobalt is a "serious" topic? I suggest it is newsworthy. But serious? Not really. Those hundreds of stables not at risk in this Qld sweep would know they are clean and will sleep soundly at night. The few wondering if they have to show cause will be concerned, and they deserve to be. The whole thing will blow over, and the industry will recognize that Wade Birch is doing a good job working for a change at the front edge of an emerging issue rather than having the comfort of confined rules, a comprehensive understanding of, and limited access to, the technologies required.
Going forward there will be fewer Cobalt positives returned than there are any other prohibited substances found. Too much at stake given owners now pay $100K for a horse and think they have brought a cheapie. Too much at stake for a stable that cannot afford to risk reputations or a client base for a relatively small kill on Betfair. Indeed it is reasonable to expect that from the day RVL came out on Cobalt, there may not ever be another positive to be found. The vitamin boys will back off, and the needle boys will put the bottles and syringes in the bin. In the gallops I expect a couple of vitamin users have crossed the threshold and will escape with a minor penalty congruent with the level detected. What's the big deal about that?
And the suggestion that the Qld lab purchase equipment to test needs to be seriously thought through on a cost to benefit measure. The technology required for analysis of Cobalt and other heavy metals is called an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). I am happy to describe that if Phillip Purser doesn't so I will wait a few days. But let me at least tell you this bit. Apart from the instrument itself, you require special "clean rooms" to house one in order to avoid contamination occurring. Then you need a supply of piped Argon gas to operate one and a reservoir for that gas...not a part of your every day lab infrastructure. All up the Dept of racing would be looking at $500,000 to "find" a drug no one is game to use anymore. The test can be done in commercial labs for about $50. What is needed is one lab in Australia to be the single testing lab, with an ICP-MS and that would likely be best in Sydney or Melbourne. The second best technology would be based around Neutron Activation, a dangerous one because of radioactivity and horrendously expensive.
The lab that ends up being the reference lab should easily be able to perform testing for Cobalt in blood because all that is required is an extra chemical extraction step, e.g. a Triton Detergent with an ammonia base to digest blood proteins and releast the Cobalt in free form to be analysed in the MS. With an armoury of blood and urine tests available to the industry this Cobalt thing becomes yesterday's fish and chip wrapper, a term Phillip likes to use.
I hope you have enjoyed the serious side of the debate and am more than happy to expand on issues as you further seek to raise, or engage in debating your opinions on the Cobalt "crisis". Some people really do need to take a Valium on all this however, and let Wade Birch go about his business. In the meantime let me suggest that it is more serious to me that uninformed fools like Phillip wade into this and try to make mileage out of it .....not for any positive industry purpose, but to make a headline for a tip selling blogsite.
I hope you enjoy his rubbish, but you will get no joy from me hoping I will abstain from drawing attention to his rubbish.