Moody vows to clear name over cobalt charges
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.