The Courier-Mail

Guilty six facing bans

- RAY THOMAS

TRAINER Sam Kavanagh is facing a lengthy ban after being found guilty of 23 charges relating to the cobalt and caffeine positive taken from his stayer Midsummer Sun after the Gosford Cup in January.

And five others interviewe­d by Racing NSW stewards are also likely to be hit with hefty penalties after being found guilty for their involvemen­t in the Kavanagh case.

In total, Racing NSW considered 54 charges levelled against the six men and have issued a guilty verdict on all but three of the charges. They are:

Kavanagh (pictured) – guilty of 23 of 24 charges.

Dr Tom Brennan (veterinari­an) – guilty of all 12 charges.

Aaron Corby (Flemington Equine Clinic) – guilty of one of two charges.

John Camilleri (harness racing identity) – guilty of six of seven charges.

Mitchell Butterfiel­d (disqualifi­ed harness trainer) – guilty of all five charges; and •

Michael O’Loughlin (stablehand) – guilty of all four charges.

The hearing on penalties for the group is set down for September 10 subject to the availabili­ty of all legal representa­tives.

Given the complexity of this case, Racing NSW stewards took the unusual step of issuing a lengthy explanatio­n for their guilty findings.

Although each penalty decision depends on the facets of the case, trainer Darren Smith was hit with a 15-year disqualifi­cation for 42 cobalt offences earlier this year.

His subsequent appeals have been thrown out by the Racing NSW Appeals Panel and Racing Appeals Tribunal.

The lone charge Kavanagh was found not guilty of related to the administra­tion of caf- feine to Midsummer Sun.

Kavanagh’s other charges, which date between September last year and February this year, are varied and include the illegal race day treatments of Ceda Miss, Palazzo Pubblico, Invinzabee­l and Centre Pivot, and for the administra­tion of cobalt to Spinning Diamond.

MEDIA identity Brent Zerafa will appear before stewards today to answer a charge of conduct prejudicia­l to the image of racing.

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