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Show-Cause Hearings Open To Media
The show-cause hearings scheduled for today involving five Victorian trainers charged with cobalt offences will be open to the media, reports Racing.com. Racing Victoria (RV) stewards had originally planned to conduct the hearings in-camera, but bowed to pressure from the trainers and sections of the media who had called for an open and transparent process. Peter Moody, Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and father-son team Lee and Shannon Hope must front Racing Victoria stewards today to explain why their licenses should not be suspended pending the hearing of charges later in the year. The five trainers are collectively facing 32 charges relating to the administration of the prohibited substance cobalt to horses in their care. "Given the charges will be heard by the independent RAD Board, Stewards had intended to hold the show-cause hearings in camera so as not to potentially prejudice the outcome of a future RAD Board hearing," RV Chief Steward Terry Bailey said. "Following consideration of legal advice and in the interests of transparency, Stewards are now comfortable that the hearings may be open to the media, provided that any application by a trainer to tender evidence in camera will be considered by the Stewards." The show-cause hearings will be held today, with the Hopes scheduled to appear at 10.30am, followed by Moody at 12pm, O'Brien at 2pm and Kavanagh at 3pm.