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QLD Cobalt Inquiry Adjourned

Wednesday, 20th May 2015

An inquiry into irregular cobalt levels found in last year's Rockhampton Cup winner Vandalised has been delayed, reports Sky Racing. Trainer Jamie McConachy fronted stewards three weeks ago over the levels of cobalt found in a swab taken from Vandalised after his Cup win in June last year. 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 protested his innocence to stewards claiming his horse must have got elevated cobalt through commercially available food supplements. His lawyer Matt Tutt asked for an adjournment to gather further expert evidence to support McConachy's case. "His evidence isn't ready for a Wednesday inquiry and I asked for a further adjournment," Tutt said. "We have a Townsville-based pharmacology expert who is working on the case. It is a time-consuming process but I would hope we are ready to proceed within weeks rather than months."

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