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« 2015-Jul-29, 05:54 AM Reply #75 »
Jeez, you'd be a bit stiff if you tested positive to sildenafil.

Reminds me of the joke about the crims who broke into the pharmacy and stole all the Viagra....Police radio alerted all cars to be on the lookout for two hardened criminals.  :lol:

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« 2015-Jul-29, 11:24 AM Reply #76 »
An interesting anagram of sildenafil is 'island life'

Another is 'denfalilis' which is what you will bring back if you go to the wrong island to get your sildenafil  :huh:

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« 2016-Jan-28, 05:04 PM Reply #77 »
FIVE TRAINERS TO FACE POSITIVE COBALT INQUIRIES IN QUEENSLAND

QUEENSLAND racing’s long- running cobalt scandal is set to resume next month with four harness trainers and at least one thoroughbred trainer set to face stewards inquiries over positive tests.

BRAD DAVIDSON reports in the GOLD COAST BULLETIN that Racing Queensland’s chief harness racing steward David Farquharson confirmed Darrel Graham, Darren Weeks, Paul McGregor and Neale Scott will all face inquiries next month after horses in their care returned positives to cobalt last year.

Thoroughbred trainer Lynn Paton has also been informed she is likely to face an inquiry next month but Toowoomba trainer Rochelle Smith is yet to be notified of any progression with her case.

Movement on most of the cases comes after months of no action as Racing Queensland waited on legal advice before progressing with the cases.

Farquharson said yesterday Racing Queensland were now comfortable with proceeding with the cases.

“There was just some issues in regards to the Racing Act and also the way that we test samples and the way we do things,” Farquharson said.

“We’ve been mindful of that and we’ve worked through all those issues so that doesn’t occur again. We are very confident now progressing forward with these cobalts that we are complying with the rules.”

A host of Queensland thoroughbred and harness trainers had bans overturned last year due to a legal loophole in the Racing Act.

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« 2016-Feb-18, 07:17 PM Reply #78 »
February 18, 2016

McGregor disqualified from racing for 18 months

Racing Queensland Stewards have today disqualified harness trainer Paul McGregor from racing for a period of 18 months effectively immediately after he pleaded guilty to presenting a horse with elevated cobalt levels.

At an inquiry held into a post-race urine sample taken from GOTTA GO ARTELECT (NZ) following its winning performance in Race 6 at Albion Park on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, McGregor pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1) in that he presented the horse with the prohibited substance cobalt above the prescribed threshold.

In determining an appropriate penalty in this matter, RQ Stewards gave consideration to the following:

-       The serious nature of the substance concerned and the level of Cobalt recorded (250Ug/L)
-       No previous offences under this rule in a licence history of 28 years;
-       The particular circumstances of the case;
-       The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing;
-       Penalty precedents;
-       Mr McGregor’s guilty plea; and
-       The manner in which he conducted himself throughout the inquiry.

Stewards further directed that under Rule 195 GOTTA GO ARTELECT (NZ) be disqualified from its win in Race 6 at Albion Park on 30 June 2015 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly.

Mr McGregor was advised of his rights of appeal.

Racing Queensland is due to conduct seven other inquiries relating to horses returning elevated cobalt levels across the three racing codes in the coming weeks.


No mandatory three year penalty a penalty based on the facts and circumstances as outlined...still he has a right of appeal.

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« 2016-Feb-18, 07:47 PM Reply #79 »
Arsie

I don't think Harness have the same "minimum 3 year" rule as thoroughbreds.

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« 2016-Feb-18, 08:06 PM Reply #80 »
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I don't think Harness have the same "minimum 3 year" rule as thoroughbreds.

No IMO much more sensible to give the stewards discretion to apply whatever penalty  fits the offence.

The reasons for decision show the  relevant considerations......which on the face of it seem reasonable.

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« 2016-Aug-10, 08:06 AM Reply #81 »


Queensland Racing Integrity boss urges Sam Kavanagh to contact the Commission about claims of cobalt use in Queensland
 
Ben Dorries, @dorries_cmail, The Courier-Mail

August 9, 2016 6:04pm
 
QUEENSLAND Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has urged disgraced Sydney trainer Sam Kavanagh to contact the Commission about his allegations of cobalt use in Queensland.

Sam Kavanagh, disqualified for six years for multiple cobalt charges, on Tuesday claimed he had anecdotal evidence against several Queensland horse trainers.

Sam Kavanagh says a friend told him Queensland trainers were using the vitamin mix at the heart of the cobalt positives of Melbourne trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh.

Sam Kavanagh said he did not want to name names.

But he claimed he had been informed that some Queensland trainers were using the same drip regime sourced by disgraced former Flemington Equine vet Dr Adam Matthews.

THE COBALT APPEALS

DAY 1: PROTOCOL NOT FOLLOWED IN COBALT CASE

DAY 2: VET SEEN INJECTING ‘FLUID’

DAY 3: ‘ALL THE VEINS WERE POPPING OUT OF ITS SKIN’

DAY 4: VET CLAIMS SEIZED BOTTLE NOTHING BUT VITAMINS

DAY 5: HEAD OF HKJC LAB TO APPEAR AT APPEALS

DAY 6: BAD ‘CULTURE’ AMONG VETS

“They didn’t have positive swabs, don’t get me wrong, but they were going exceptionally well,” Kavanagh told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which is hearing the cobalt appeals of O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh.

Barnett, who arrived to his new role following a long and decorated career in Queensland Police Service, says he is watching the VCAT case closely.

He wants to hear from Sam Kavanagh if he has evidence of cobalt use by horse trainers in Queensland.

“I would encourage Mr Kavanagh to contact the Commission if he has any information about rule breaches in Queensland,” Barnett told The Courier-Mail.

“QRIC takes any allegations of doping very seriously. We will be watching this case with interest, and will examine any evidence presented that relates to Queensland participants.

“Over the past 12 months, 18,000 drug tests have been performed throughout Queensland across the three codes.”


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« 2016-Aug-10, 09:21 AM Reply #82 »
Its great to see new integrity commissioner Ross Barnett flexing his almighty muscle now that he is in charge. If his handling of the statements made by Sam Kavanagh is any guide we might as well appoint Daffy Duck to the position, maybe Daffy might show a bit more strength. Barnett has come out in the press (see above) asking Kavanagh to come to him and reveal the Queensland trainers using the same drugs as Kavanagh got time for. As if. Why can't Barnett grow a pair of balls and go and interview Kavanagh himself instead of asking Kavanagh to go out of his way and come to the commissioner. Given his huge salary I am sure Barnett could afford to make the trip to NSW and interview Kavanagh, thats the least Queenslanders expect if he is going to drag this state out of the racing oblivion.

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« 2016-Aug-10, 07:50 PM Reply #83 »
Toowoomba-based trainer John Smith has been banned from racing for cobalt related offences.

A pre-race urine sample of the Smith-trained Summer Forever at Lismore on May 7 returned cobalt levels of 648 ug/L and 590 ug/L.

Smith pleaded guilty and was disqualified from racing for 12 months, with the ban to expire on August 9, 2017.

Smith’s stable foreman Victor Newman was also given a 12-month ban.

Summer Forever was disqualified from its 7th placing in Race 1.

From September 1, the current 200 ug/L threshold will be halved to 100 ug/L.


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« 2016-Sep-15, 07:31 PM Reply #84 »


Queensland trainer Lyn Paton wins appeal against cobalt ban
 
Ben Dorries, The Courier-Mail

September 14, 2016 3:20pm
 
QUEENSLAND’s Lyn Paton has become the latest horse trainer to successfully appeal her cobalt ban.

It is the second time in a fortnight a Queensland trainer has had a cobalt disqualification overturned after Rochelle Smith was also successful in her appeal earlier this month.


Paton, who trains at Coominya, near Ipswich, had two of her horses Pink Chaperone and Doing Our Best record cobalt irregularities in initial testing after winning races at Toowoomba and Kilcoy last year.

In May, Racing Queensland stewards banned the trainer for 12 months.

But Queensland’s Racing Disciplinary Board has ruled in Paton’s favour and set aside the guilty finding and the sentence.

Paton’s solicitor Matt Tutt said the RDB overturned the ban because the analysis of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples were conducted at the same place, Queensland’s Racing Science Centre at Albion.

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« 2017-Mar-23, 09:34 AM Reply #85 »


Queensland trainer to fight cobalt charges

BY Trent Masenhelder - @tmase04

23 hours ago Horse Racing

Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale has pleaded not guilty to four offences of presenting horses to the races with prohibited substances, including cobalt in excess of the threshold prescribed.

Vale has been charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC).

The 34-year-old, who has been training on and off for 12 years, told G1X.com.au: “I’ve never, ever touched the stuff (cobalt).”

Vale-trained gelding Prince Dan, returned a positive urine sample to the prohibited substance Dexamethasone – an anti-inflammatory drug - after winning a Benchmark 65 Handicap at Rockhampton on February 5, 2016, before returning another positive to cobalt after winning a Benchmark 70 Handicap at Mackay on March 15, 2016.

Reset Our World returned a cobalt positive after winning a 0-55 Handicap at Rockhampton on March 18, 2016, while Shepiktus produced a positive sample to cobalt following her win in a Benchmark 60 handicap at Rockhampton on March 31, 2016.

All positive cobalt samples were in excess of the threshold prescribed. The threshold was reduced from 200 to 100 micrograms per litre of urine last September.

Vale claims his winners to runners ratio hasn't changed from the time of the alleged cobalt offences to now.

Vale pleaded not guilty to all charges at an initial inquiry, which is due to be reconvened at a date and time to be fixed when he is expected to make submissions in his defence.

“They’ve stuffed up the testing, just like they did in the Lyn Paton case; they sent both samples to the same testing facility,” Vale added.

Two of Paton’s horses Pink Chaperone and Doing Our Best recorded cobalt irregularities in initial testing after winning races at Toowoomba and Kilcoy in 2015.

In May, 2016, Racing Queensland stewards banned her for a period of 12 months, but in September, Queensland’s Racing Disciplinary Board overturned Paton’s ban because the analysis of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples were conducted at the same place, Queensland’s Racing Science Centre at Albion.

Vale was outed for six months in 2006 and nine months in 2011 for elevated bicarbonate readings returned by horses in his care.

He was also given an 18-month disqualification for his conduct towards officials at the Rockhampton meeting on April 8, 2016. Vale appealed the decision and had it reduced to a two-month disqualification and four-month suspension if he was to reoffend, however, that outcome has been appealed and the matter will be heard at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) next month.

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« 2017-Jul-13, 07:08 PM Reply #86 »
QLD trainer banned for 12months on cobalt charges

Posted by: AAP+Filled in: Breaking, Horse Racing News | 12/7/2017 at 10:44am

Gold Coast trainer Marcus Wilson has been disqualified for 12 months on two cobalt related charges.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards heard cobalt was detected in urine samples taken from Steering at the Gold Coast on November 19 and Lyra at Ipswich on December 16.

Earlier this year, evidence was taken from Wilson and staff from the QRIC Racing Science Centre.

At a resumed inquiry, Wilson was charged with two counts under AR 178 which covers bringing a horse to a racecourse with an illegal substance.

Wilson pleaded guilty to both charges and his legal representative made detailed submissions regarding penalty.

He was disqualified for 12 months.

Wilson can seek an internal review or take the matter further to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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« 2017-Aug-14, 07:08 PM Reply #87 »
Cobalt poised to raise ugly head again
STAND by for a fresh new round of cobalt positive tests emanating out of country Queensland.

Up to seven horses have returned positive A samples and the trainers involved are waiting on confirmation of the B samples before considering their options.

A change in feed suppliers is being blamed.

“We are racing for $4000 and we hardly have a bet. Why in the world would we want to use cobalt?” one of the trainers said.ENDS

CM report today by Nathan Exelby.......I think there is some unfinished business in the Qld Harness Racing involving cobalt positives .

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« 2017-Aug-16, 06:56 AM Reply #88 »
 :chin: :chin: :chin:

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« 2017-Aug-16, 08:30 PM Reply #89 »
Big news about to "pop" from the 520k per week stakeholder funded QRIC circus......

CQ trainer has been released of all charges but will not be allowed any legals costs which are mentioned at 50k......

CQ trainer banned from comment till the circus release the news from the tent!

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« 2017-Aug-16, 11:17 PM Reply #90 »
Again I reiterate  :chin:

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« 2017-Aug-18, 08:08 PM Reply #91 »
Cobalt charges dropped against trainer amid more red faces for integrity officials
NATHAN EXELBY, The Courier-Mail
August 18, 2017 1:39pm
THE farce around the testing of cobalt cases in Queensland had another chapter added on Friday when Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale had four charges laid against him withdrawn and a 12-month disqualification lifted.
 Vale had been found guilty by stewards of presenting three horses to race in March 2016 with cobalt levels above the legal threshold.

There was a fourth charge applied for another prohibited substance found in one of those horses.
Vale was given 12 months disqualification on each charge, to be served concurrently.

The sentence was confirmed by QRIC’s internal review and QRIC was later successful in having Vale’s application for a stay of proceedings denied at QCAT.

But on Friday, all charges against Vale were withdrawn after it was established that both the A and B samples were tested at the one facility — the Racing Science Centre.

“This departure from normal process occurred on the basis of legal advice sought, accepted and implemented before the Commission commenced which we now accept was misinterpreted,” Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said.

Additionally, premier trainer Tony Gollan had an $8000 fine against him withdrawn and his horse Amexed reinstated as the winner of the $100,000 Provincial Cup run at Ipswich in June 2016 on the same grounds.

“I am aware that there may be a third case subject to a similar outcome in the coming weeks,” Barnett said.

“Changes to testing procedures which came into effect with the implementation of the Racing Integrity Act 2016 on 1 July 2016 now ensures complete clarity over the correct procedures to be followed and all testing since that date has strictly complied with these procedures.”

 The latest drama is further evidence of long-term procedural errors when testing for cobalt. Pictu Jenny Evans

It is the latest in a lengthy sequence of red-faced events for Queensland integrity officials.

Friday’s withdrawal of charges came a tick over two years after three harness trainers had charges against them dropped on a similar accreditation issue.

Thoroughbred trainers Glen Baker and Jamie McConachy had cobalt charges against them dropped off the back of that concession.

At the time, Alan MacSporran, representing Racing Queensland, said there was “an error of law in the way the sampling was dealt with”.

As a result, then Racing Minister Bill Byrne ordered an audit of all handling procedures and said “we are currently seeking legal advice to assess if any legislative changes are required to be made as a consequence of this matter”.

However, the cases of Vale and Gollan indicate similar procedural errors continued for at least the next 10 months and sentences handed out beyond QRIC’s July 2016 starting date, despite the testing flaws.

Vale’s sentence was handed down on June 15 this year and the internal review confirmation on July 14.

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« 2017-Aug-18, 08:51 PM Reply #92 »
How much do these boofheads cost us every year ? Imagine actually owning a business and having to pay this lot .Beggars belief.

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« 2017-Aug-19, 07:53 AM Reply #93 »
Try the civil animal cruelty case yesterday when they offered no evidence or witnesses and just walked away after banging their press releases nationally and ruining the young trainers career....................Absolute joke!

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« 2018-Mar-09, 07:49 PM Reply #94 »
Another cobalt positive out for 12 months Rochelle Smith training on a stay of proceedings pending Internal Review/ QCAT.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018_27_February_Stewards_Report_Rochelle-Smith-HONEST-NATALIE.pdf

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« 2018-Apr-21, 07:01 PM Reply #95 »
Leigh Wanless 12 months for a cobalt positive likely to seek an Internal Review.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018_19_April_Stewards_Report_Leigh-Wanless.pdf


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« 2018-Nov-19, 07:50 PM Reply #96 »
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_22_October_Stewards_Report_Kelly-Doughty_Blue-Book.pdf

12 months DQ cobalt positive ..intends to apply for an Internal Review.

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« 2018-Nov-28, 10:24 AM Reply #97 »
This case started in 2016 when ther horse returned a positive to cobalt   it went through the internal review process and then to QCAT in September 2018 this is the link to the larned QCAT member's very comprehensive decision .....from an earlier post I gather QRIC is intending to appeal this decision to a higher court...standby for that .

Rachel Leigh Scott QCAT decision penalty reduced from DQ to suspension 3 months with a fine of $6K considerable references to previous cases and to the “blameworthiness “ levels explained and expanded.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-301.pdf

Extracts from the decision on the concept of blameworthy and blameworthyness

"The importance and degrees of blameworthiness [46]
How far a person prosecuted under the racing rules is blameworthy is an important consideration on the question of penalty. Attempts have been made in the cases to categorise the degrees of blameworthiness.
 For example McGill DCJ in Wallace v Queensland Racing [2007] QDC 168, [69], identified a category of case where the tribunal accepted the trainer’s explanation showing no blameworthiness: this may be appropriate for more lenient treatment.
Then there was the ‘ordinary case’ where there was no explanation for the elevated reading and therefore no indication whether or not there was any blameworthiness of the trainer.
Then there was another category of case where an explanation showed some moral blameworthiness on the part of the trainer, which would justify a more severe penalty.
[47] Ms Scott’s case does not come within any of Judge McGill’s stated categories. She has provided an explanation for the elevated reading which I have accepted. The explanation indicates that she was careless.
This is therefore an additional category of blameworthiness which may apply in these types of cases. [48] Adding an additional category to allow for a case such as Ms Scott’s means that the categories may now be stated as:-
 A. No blameworthiness at all.
 B. Carelessness.
C. No credible explanation, so no indication about blameworthiness one way or the other.
 D. Moral blameworthiness shown.
[49] It seems to me that category B cases could encompass varying degrees of carelessness – mild, moderate or serious (equivalent to gross negligence or recklessness). The appropriate penalty would vary accordingly.
[50] Category C cases might ultimately spill into category D in circumstances when it was right to infer moral blameworthiness from the absence of a credible explanation for the elevated reading. Some authorities in the various categories and various prohibited substances"


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