Moody vows to clear name over cobalt charges

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

CHAM­PION trainer Peter Moody has writ­ten an emo­tion- charged email to his own­ers say­ing he would fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name of cobalt charges.

Moody said he was shocked and dis­ap­pointed by the case brought against him by Rac­ing Vic­to­ria stew­ards on Fri­day, in par­tic­u­lar the charge of ad­min­is­ter­ing a pro­hib­ited sub­stance to his run­ner Li­dari.

“Per­son­ally, I feel there is not a case against me nor is there any ev­i­dence to sup­port the charges,” he wrote. The Caulfield trainer said he could not “stress strongly enough” that he had never ad­min­is­tered a sub­stance to a horse to af­fect its per­for­mance.

“Nor would I ever in­struct some­one else on my be­half,” he said.

Li­dari re­turned an illegal cobalt level af­ter run­ning sec­ond in the Turnbull Stakes at Flem­ing­ton last spring. The horse then fin­ished sixth in the Caulfield Cup and 19th in the Mel­bourne Cup. Of the three charges laid against him, Moody said he would ac­cept he had “pre­sented a horse on race day with a sub­stance in it”.

“Sadly, this is a po­si­tion that all train­ers find them­selves in and we must ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for bring­ing a horse to com­pete when it is later dis­cov­ered to have a high read­ing on a sub­stance which is pro­hib­ited or has a thresh­old,” he said.

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