Cobalt threshold suffice, says Racing Australia


Racing Australia’s veterinary and analysts committee says a cobalt threshold 20 times the average reading produced over the past three years shows that trainers should not be going over the limit.

In a statement released on Thursday, Racing Australia said its VAC reported that “in the period 1 September 2016 [when the revised 100 ug/L threshold was introduced] to September 2019, 42,477 urine tests nationally have produced an average result of 5.1ug/L and only 59 positive samples [0.14%].”

Authorities are standing by the National Association of Testing Authorities’ accredited method of testing cobalt in urine despite leading vets and professors such as Ross Wenzel and Professor Colin Chapman questioning the method.

Racing Australia’s veterinary and analysts committee says a cobalt threshold 20 times the average reading produced over the past three years shows that trainers should not be going over the limit.Credit:Erin Jonasson

Racing Australia, who have been contacted for comment, have not advised why they haven’t decreased mandatory penalties for cobalt irregularities from suspensions to include fines only.



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