Peter Moody in Cobalt Trouble
Peter Moody will soon know if he is to become Victorian trainer number five to be guilty of administering cobalt in amounts exceeding maximum permissible levels.
He faces a minimum suspension of three years if found guilty. He insists, predictably, that he has never cheated and will not be chastised no matter what decision is handed down.
With over 50 Group 1 victories to his credit, Moody is by far the trainer that has the most to lose in terms of reputation. He would most probably have to take the appeal route before the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal in an attempt to clear his name. That route would entail costly legal bills on top of those he has already amassed to this point in the effort to prove his innocence.
There is no doubt that one of Moody’s horses tested over the limit for cobalt. Lidari showed a level of 380 micrograms/litre of urine after a second place finish in the Turnbull Stakes in October 2014. That is almost 200 micrograms beyond the allowable level.
Moody used the old, “it was unintentional” defense, claiming that his stable staff overfed Lidari a powder used to maintain hooves.
If found guilty, Moody would join a list of banned racers that includes veterinarian Tom Brennan and trainers Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh, Lee Hope and Shannon Hope.