Trainer Darren Smith disqualified for 15 years

Posted by on 20/3/2015
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Trainer Darren Smith has been hit with a 15-year ban for cobalt offences.

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Earlier this month, Smith was found guilty of more than 40 charges relating to cobalt found in horses from his stable before a national threshold of 200mcg was introduced this year.

Racing NSW stewards handed down the heavy penalty on Friday citing Smith’s previous poor record of drug-related offences.

The Newcastle trainer admitted injecting horses with a substance given to him by a disqualified harness racing trainer and which he understood to be a blood booster.

In finding Smith guilty, stewards said the threshold was unnecessary because the rules say substances which change the blood pattern of horses are banned.

The lowest reading in raceday samples from the horses involved was 224 with 12 reading above 1000, the highest 6470.


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