Newcastle horse trainer argues against doping ban
A Newcastle horse trainer, caught in a doping scandal has argued against a ban, saying he consulted racing's governing body about the substance it is pursuing him for.
Newcastle trainer Darren Smith used the additive cobalt chloride on 13 runners last year.
It mimics the performance enhancing drug, EPO.
There was no cobalt chloride threshold in New South Wales at the time, but there is now.
His solicitor, Paul O'Sullivan, said Smith went as far as asking a Racing NSW vet to confirm there was no threshold, before using the substance.
"To use an analogy, it's like a drug dealer ringing the police and saying, 'I intend to sell something - is it legal or not?'" he said.
He has lodged final submissions to the inquiry into his matter.
Cobalt detection also has three leading Victorian trainers on edge.
The difference with their cases is that there was a threshold in place in Victoria when the substance was detected in their runners.
Racing NSW is not commenting until the matter is finalised.