Pos­i­tive- test­ing horses en­joy win­ning ef­fects

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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