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O.P. « 2018-Apr-17, 06:20 PM »
Vic horse trainers want samples re-tested
27 minutes ago by AAP
Father-and-son racehorse trainers Lee and Shannon Hope want three urine samples to be re-examined with a high-tech new testing method as they fight lengthy bans for administering cobalt.

Lee Hope was disqualified for three years and his son Shannon for five in November 2015 when they were found guilty of dosing three horses with cobalt to affect their performance.

But they launched an appeal against the bans in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and they continue to train under a stay of proceedings until their case is heard.

The VCAT hearing began on Tuesday with the Hopes making an application to re-test urine samples for each horse.

They are seeking to use a new testing technique that can identify the proportion of "organic" and "inorganic" cobalt in the urine.

Their lawyer Rahmin de Kretser argued cobalt is found in organic feed and vitamin B12, which are routinely given to horses and not deemed to be performance-enhancing.

de Kretser said this new test could show that the cobalt in the urine may have been predominantly "organic", coming from these cobalt-containing products.

"It would be relevant to penalty," he said on Tuesday.

"It would mean the cobalt administered was not performance enhancing.

"But it also goes to their belief of whether what they did was honest and reasonable."

de Kretser also mentioned a "bio-accumulation" affect that may have occurred while giving the horses cobalt-containing feed, giving rise to the levels.

He said the tests should be done in the interests of fairness, and added there was a chance the results could actually go against the Hopes.

Racing Victoria, which controls the samples, opposed the re-testing application.

Expert witness Dr John Vine, a scientific consultant, said the new test is not yet accredited for horse racing.

"It would be purely done as a piece of research," Dr Vine told the tribunal.

But de Kretser said there were labs in Australia willing to perform the test, which would be for the purposes of the tribunal appeal hearing.

The Hopes were subject to the first cobalt inquiry in Victorian thoroughbred racing.

Their case was viewed as a test of whether the race-day threshold of 200 micrograms per litre was enforceable.

The national rule came into effect in January 2015 but it has since been halved to 100mcg/L.

The hearing continues before Justice Greg Garde on Wednesday.ENDS

Might offer a glimmer of hope worth taking a punt they have nothing to lose in for a penny in for a pound as the old timers would say.

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« 2018-Dec-10, 08:04 PM Reply #1 »
RV wants long ban for trainers over cobalt
Posted by: AAP+ at 12:23pm on 10/12/2018
Posted in: Horse Racing News

IMAGE: AAPRacing Victoria wants trainers Lee and Shannon Hope banned for five years for cheating

Racing Victoria wants Lee and Shannon Hope banned for at least five years for cheating, although the father-and-son trainers hope to avoid career-ending cobalt disqualifications.

The Hopes face a minimum three-year ban after an appeal judge found them guilty of intentionally administering cobalt to three horses to affect their performance in 2014 races.

RV barrister Jeff Gleeson QC rejected the partnership’s request for a special circumstances exemption that would allow a shorter ban than the mandatory period as he pushed for a harsher penalty for both trainers of no less than five years.

Gleeson said after 50 and 28 years respectively in the industry, Lee and Shannon Hope decided to cheat by administering prohibited substances they thought would give their horses an advantage over the rest of the field.

“This is two trainers who deliberately and knowingly cheated and they deserve an appropriate sanction,” he told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday.

Gleeson said the situation was compounded by the sustained maintenance of a false and dishonest position that the trainers only gave their horses substances disclosed in their records.

Justice Greg Garde found both guilty over the deliberate and secret administration of cobalt on or shortly before race day, concluding Shannon Hope was well aware he was giving horses substances he should not and his father knew and did nothing to stop it.

The Hopes’ barrister Rahmin de Kretser said the trainers now faced mandatory minimum and career-ending disqualifications for their first breaches of the racing rules in a combined 70-plus years in the industry.

De Kretser argued a number of factors meant the judge should not impose the mandatory minimum disqualification.

He also argued for different penalties for the two trainers, saying Lee Hope had no firsthand involvement in the administration of cobalt to Windy Citi Bear, Best Suggestion and Choose.

It would be nearly impossible for the 67-year-old to return to the industry after a lengthy disqualification, he said.

De Kretser said the four-year legal case had cost the trainers hundreds of thousands of dollars and owners had been reluctant to send horses to their family-run stables amid the uncertainty.

Lee and Shannon Hope had known nothing else except racing for five and three decades respectively, he said.

“These are people who have lived and breathed this industry for many, many decades and frankly have no idea what the future holds for them once this disqualification period is imposed.”

Gleeson acknowledged a lengthy disqualification would have a significant impact on Lee Hope given he was in the twilight of his career and also on his son, but said a primary motivation for cheating must have been financial.

“It is a hollow plea from the Hopes to say that having been caught cheating, they are in special circumstances because the punishment will have a significant financial impact on them.”

Garde will announce the penalty at a later date.


Sad end to a lifetime involvment if the learned President adopts RV's submission ... if the rules provide the penalty is mandatory is there  room for discretion?

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« 2018-Dec-11, 06:04 AM Reply #2 »
If I am correct was / is Lee Hope ‘s father George Hope the jockey who rode for Felepe Ysmael , the Filipino Fireball, the leviathan punter in the 1960s?

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« 2019-Jan-22, 06:28 PM Reply #3 »
Hopes get three-year cobalt bans
Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy   3:02pm

Shannon Hope has had his five-year ban reduced but he and his father Lee must still serve three-year disqualifications at the conclusion of their cobalt appeals to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The Hopes' cobalt case was the first in Victoria under the new cobalt rules but the pair have had to wait more than three years to get a final determination after a series of appeals against the original verdict.

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board initially found both trainers guilty in November 2015 of administration of cobalt to three horses - Windy Citi Bear, Best Suggestion and Choose - but laid more of the blame with Shannon, who was given a five-year disqualification, two more years than his father Lee received.

VCAT had announced on October 26 last year that it had found both trainers guilty of administering a prohibited substance to the horses for the purpose of affecting their performance or behaviour in a race, in breach of Australian Rule of Racing AR 175(h)(i).

VCAT only recently released details of the new sanctions over the past few days and Racing Victoria released a statement on Tuesday, confirming the penalties.

"Racing Victoria has been informed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal of its decision regarding the penalty imposed on Victorian trainers Lee and Shannon Hope in relation to cobalt charges," the statement began.

"Lee and Shannon Hope have each been disqualified for a period of three years, with the periods of disqualification commencing at midnight, Monday, 28 January 2019."

VCAT announced on 26 October 2018 that it had found both trainers guilty of administering a prohibited substance to three horses - Windy Citi Bear, Best Suggestion and Choose - for the purpose of affecting their performance or behaviour in a race,.

The Hopes have until Monday, January 28 to rehouse racing horses currently under their care. report

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