Cobalt ban for Rocky trainer

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ROCK­HAMP­TON trainer Jamie McConachy has been slapped with an 18- month ban af­ter his sta­ble star Van­dalised pro­duced a pos­i­tive sam­ple to cobalt af­ter win­ning last year’s Rock­hamp­ton Cup.

McConachy, 55, said the ban could spell the end of his long ca­reer in the sport and yesterday vowed to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

The ban comes into ef­fect from Satur­day mid­night but McConachy plans to re­quest a stay of pro­ceed­ings un­til his ap­peal is heard.

McConachy, who has trained on and off in Queens­land since he was 18, claims he didn’t know what cobalt was be­fore told of Van­dalised’s pos­i­tive test in the Rock­hamp­ton Cup on June 21 last year.

RQ stew­ards charged McConachy last week with pre­sent­ing Van­dalised to race in the 2014 Rock­hamp­ton Cup with a pro­hib­ited sub­stance in his sys­tem.

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