Black Caviar trainer cleared of cobalt doping


MELBOURNE: Black Caviar’s trainer was cleared of intentional cobalt doping on Wednesday, but found guilty of a lesser charge of giving the substance to one of his horses. Australian Peter Moody was convicted of a single count of administering the element—believed to improve equine endurance—to Lidari, which tested positive in 2014. But he avoided the more serious charge of using it “for the purpose of affecting the performance or behavior of a horse in a race.” Two other Australian trainers, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh, were banned for four and three years respectively by the Victorian Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board in January, joining several others who have already been hit by lengthy suspensions.



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