Kavanagh And O’Brien Informed Of Positive Drug Tests

By: Thomas Hackett
January 14th, 2015

Update: Caravan Rolls On, Bondeiger and De Little Engine have been revealed as the Danny O’Brien-trained horses that were found with colbalt in their urine samples taken during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Racing Victoria has revealed that prohibited substance were found in the urine sample of Caravan Rolls On when he finished eighth in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on November 1, Bondeiger when he finished second in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on the same day at Flemington and De Little Engine when he took out the People At Work Handicap (2300m) at Ballarat on November 22.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained horse at the centre of an investigation is Magicool, whose urine sample contained cobalt after his tough win in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 4.

Leading Melbourne trainer Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien have both been n informed by Racing Victoria stewards that they have both had horses test positive to a banned substance during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Mark Kavanagh is one of three leading Melbourne trainers that have been informed they had horses test positive to a banned substance during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Mark Kavanagh is one of three leading Melbourne trainers that have been informed they had horses test positive to a banned substance during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Racing Victoria are yet to confirm what horses and banned substances are involved in the investigation, but both positive urine samples were allegedly taken from horses that ran in one of the feature race meetings in Melbourne in October.

O’Brien is yet to make a public statement following the revelation from Racing Victoria, but Kavanagh was quick to release a statement in which he said that he was extremely surprised one of his horses had produced a positive test.

“This morning Racing Victoria informed me that one of my runners tested positive to a banned substance in October last year,” Kavanagh said.

“This has come as a complete shock to me as I have always placed great emphasis on integrity and operating within the rules of racing.

“We are, unfortunately, not the only stable in this situation.

“I am co-operating fully with Racing Victoria Integrity Services Department to investigate how this could occur and hopefully we will resolve the matter as soon as possible.

“I have a responsibility to my valued clients and staff to run my stable in a professional manner and I believe that I have always done that.”

Racing Victoria are yet to revealed what banned substance the horses involved tested positive for, but it is believed that cobalt, an equine form of EPO which increases the production of red blood cells, that is the substance in question.

Kavanagh and O’Brien will join fellow trainer Peter Moody in front of the Racing Victoria stewards after the four-time Premiership winning trainer was informed yesterday that Lidari had been found with traces of cobalt in his urine after he finished second behind Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4.

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