The fifth day of the cobalt hearing featured a heated outburst from trainer Danny O’Brien as he defended himself against the charges directed at him. O’Brien directed his tirade at Racing Victoria’s counsel, Jeff Gleeson, QC, accusing Gleeson of twisting things around in order to put O’Brien in the worst possible light.
The controversy dates back to 14 January when O’Brien maintains that stewards notified him of elevated cobalt readings to Bonedeiger, Caravan Rolls On and De Little Engine and O’Brien told them that his stable was using pre and post-race drips. Tom Waterhouse Review and Tom Waterhouse Mobile App Review
Along with O’Brien, the RAD Board has implicated vet Tom Brennan and Mark Kavanagh over four horses that O’Brien was training and one being trained by Kavanagh.
Brennan claims that he was unaware that the Vitamin Complex being administered in the drips contained levels of cobalt beyond the 200mcg per litre of urine threshold. O’Brien paid for the drips with his own money, according to Brennan, expressing a concern for not spending owners’’ money for the experimental drips that were intended to aid post-workout recovery.
O’Brien has had a clean record to this point and has never before had a positive test result for any prohibited substances. He stands to be warned off for three years if the outcome of the hearing goes against him.