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QLD Trainer Banned For Cobalt Use
Queensland trainer Jamie McConachy has been banned for 18 months after being found guilty of a cobalt related charge, reports the Courier Mail. After a long-running inquiry, McConachy was last week found guilty of presenting Vandalised with irregular levels of cobalt in his system following the horse's win in last year's Rockhampton Cup. The inquiry heard two tests showed the levels at 280 and 293 micrograms per litre which breached the national threshold of 200 micrograms per litre of urine. McConachy's lawyer Matt Tutt was told of the verdict on Monday night and said his client would appeal the sentence. "I want time to digest what is in the sentence but we will be appealing within the five days' limit," Tutt said. Chief steward Allan Reardon said his panel had taken into account McConachy's record and the trainer's detailed submissions but the serious nature of the offence called for a disqualification. McConachy is the second Queensland racehorse trainer to be disqualified for using cobalt after Glen Baker was banned for two years.