Cobalt Banned Trainer Farley Back with Renewed Vigour

Twelve months might be seven years in dog time, but to many of us, twelve months fly by like the seconds ticking away on a clock.

This time last year, we were considering the effects of a 12-month cobalt positive ban levied against Group 1 winning trainer Stephen Farley. He has completed his penalty as of June 23, has been relicensed and is back at training.

He represents quite the opposite from Peter Moody, who gave up thoroughbred racing, rather than deal with the potential consequences of a similar issue. Farley, on the other hand, feels he has been given a fresh lease on life, using the time away from the turf to de-stress and focus on other areas of his life, rather than ruminating over perceptions of unfair treatment.

His comments in a recent interview almost seem like a promo for positive living. “I’ve been able to make a positive out of a negative,” Farley said. “I wasn’t convinced I’d come back but I’m really happy with my life. Less stress, I’m sleeping better and I’ve lost weight. The last time I weighed myself two months ago I’d lost 12 kilos. I’m back wearing my old wardrobe. My whole lifestyle is a lot better at the moment.”

Farley’s enthusiasm almost makes us wish for a ban of our own. We do not have a source for cobalt, but maybe there is a listed of banned writing enhancing substances we could violate.

What Farley was able to do was to gain a broader perspective on life, something that is often difficult for anyone to do when engaged in an occupation that requires 24/7 dedication.

Farley says he spent his time away from the track driving a delivery truck and working as a contractor. He is juggling those occupations with the responsibility of getting three horses track-worthy at his facility at Wyong.

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