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TAS Horse Returns Highest Cobalt Reading Ever

Tuesday, 28th July 2015

A Tasmanian horse has returned what is believed to be the highest-ever reading in Australia for the banned substance cobalt, reports Tasmania's The Examiner. The reading is believed to be an incredible 19,000 micrograms per litre of urine, a reading, if true, that would be three times as much as the previous highest recorded level of 6,470 micrograms per litre of urine that was returned by the Darren Smith-trained Testarhythm at Scone last year. To put that into perspective, the Australian industry threshold is 200 micrograms per litre of urine. It is Tasmanian Racing policy not to divulge details relating to positive swabs until cases are finalised, but it is alleged that the positive swab was taken from a horse in the care of Longford trainer Karl Rhodes. Head of racing integrity in Tasmania, Tony Murray, said that while he could not discuss the details of the case he could confirm that he had recently placed ''serious conditions'' on Karl Rhodes' training licence and that Rhodes had appealed against his ruling.

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