The Courier-Mail

Guilty six fac­ing bans

- RAY THOMAS

TRAINER Sam Ka­vanagh is fac­ing a lengthy ban af­ter be­ing found guilty of 23 charges re­lat­ing to the cobalt and caf­feine pos­i­tive taken from his stayer Midsummer Sun af­ter the Gos­ford Cup in Jan­uary.

And five oth­ers in­ter­viewed by Rac­ing NSW stew­ards are also likely to be hit with hefty penal­ties af­ter be­ing found guilty for their in­volve­ment in the Ka­vanagh case.

In to­tal, Rac­ing NSW con­sid­ered 54 charges lev­elled against the six men and have is­sued a guilty ver­dict on all but three of the charges. They are:

Ka­vanagh (pic­tured) – guilty of 23 of 24 charges.

Dr Tom Bren­nan (vet­eri­nar­ian) – guilty of all 12 charges.

Aaron Corby (Flem­ing­ton Equine Clinic) – guilty of one of two charges.

John Camil­leri (har­ness rac­ing iden­tity) – guilty of six of seven charges.

Mitchell But­ter­field (dis­qual­i­fied har­ness trainer) – guilty of all five charges; and •

Michael O’Lough­lin (sta­ble­hand) – guilty of all four charges.

The hear­ing on penal­ties for the group is set down for Septem­ber 10 sub­ject to the avail­abil­ity of all le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Given the com­plex­ity of this case, Rac­ing NSW stew­ards took the un­usual step of is­su­ing a lengthy ex­pla­na­tion for their guilty find­ings.

Although each penalty de­ci­sion de­pends on the facets of the case, trainer Dar­ren Smith was hit with a 15-year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for 42 cobalt of­fences ear­lier this year.

His sub­se­quent ap­peals have been thrown out by the Rac­ing NSW Ap­peals Panel and Rac­ing Ap­peals Tri­bunal.

The lone charge Ka­vanagh was found not guilty of re­lated to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of caf- feine to Midsummer Sun.

Ka­vanagh’s other charges, which date be­tween Septem­ber last year and Fe­bru­ary this year, are var­ied and in­clude the illegal race day treat­ments of Ceda Miss, Palazzo Pub­blico, Invinzabee­l and Cen­tre Pivot, and for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of cobalt to Spin­ning Diamond.

MEDIA iden­tity Brent Zer­afa will ap­pear be­fore stew­ards to­day to an­swer a charge of con­duct prej­u­di­cial to the im­age of rac­ing.

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