Kavanagh O’Brien Saga Would Make Prime TV Legal Procedural Drama

The latest development regarding the cobalt controversy involves Racing Victoria seeking to restore the ban against trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien after the Victorian and Administrative Tribunal upheld the successful appeal the two made against the ruling of the Racing And Appeals Disciplinary Board.

Lawyers, lawyers, lawyers, lawyers and more lawyers.

There is a lot of legal mumbo jumbo flying back and forth and the state of limbo the entire situation has created can only be described as fatiguing to an exponential degree.

Giles Thompson, in his role as acting chief of Racing Victoria, takes his role seriously, saying, “Racing Victoria must pursue its core focus of the protection of the integrity of our sport and welfare of our horses.”

Equine welfare did not seem all that important when the stewards of NSW got upset with Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse when that pair of trainers chose to let ailing thoroughbreds rest, rather than drag them out of their stalls for a promotional event.

Kavanagh and O’Brien have reason for concern. Racing Victoria has appealed four cases over the past two decades and their winning strike rate is in Winx territory.

Cobalt is permissible as a substance that assists horses’ recovery, so long as its use is below a certain threshold.

Given that thoroughbreds in the current era seldom run more than twice a month, from what is it that they need to recover?

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