Two horses return positive swabs to cobalt
By Adrian Dunn TVN Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Lee Hope, Photo: Bruno Canatelli
RACING Victoria have opened an inquiry into excessive cobalt levels in two horses trained by Lee and Shannon Hope.
RV chairman of stewards Terry Bailey said stewards had received a report from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory confirming positive swabs returned by Windy Citi Bear and Best Suggestion.
RASL reported that the pre-race urine samples taken from both horses contained cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine, which is a prohibited substance in accordance with the Victorian Local Rules of Racing.
Earlier this year RV stewards set a cobalt threshold level of 200 micrograms per litre in urine.
The sample was taken from Windy Citi Bear when the gelding ran fifth in the Charles Rose Jewellers 3YO BM78 Handicap at Geelong on June 25.
Best Suggestion returned a positive when the gelding ran eighth in the sportingbet.com.au Handicap at Caulfield on July 5.
Bailey said stewards are continuing with its investigation.