Positive- testing horses enjoy winning effects
IT’S the anomaly in the cobalt saga sweeping Victorian racing – horses that tested positive last year are winning significant staying races more than six months later.
Both the Danny O’Brien- trained De Little Engine and Mark Kavanagh’s Magicool will be set for spring riches after peak runs in the past month. Both returned illegal levels more than six months ago. De Little Engine broke the cobalt threshold on November 22 after winning a benchmark 70 2300m race at Ballarat. On Saturday, the four- yearold gelding outstayed his winter rivals in the 2600m Banjo Paterson at Flemington and will be tucked away for six weeks before returning for the “back end of spring”.
Kavanagh’s Magicool is another horse with spring aspirations, possibly the Cox Plate. The horse returned an illegal cobalt reading on October 4 after winning the 1800m UCI Stakes at Flemington. More than eight months later, Magicool won the $ 600,000 Queensland Derby and in doing so, passed the first ballot stage of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
“Whether he goes for the Cups I’m not sure but he might be a 2000metre horse around Moonee Valley,” Kavanagh’s son Levi said last month after the derby win at Doomben. When asked if these horses could benefit long- term from the effects of cobalt, Racing Victoria disagreed.