Cobalt rumours scotched by RIU

posted Jul 5, 2015, 9:45 PM by Karin Attwood   [ updated Jul 5, 2015, 9:45 PM ]
The Racing Integrity Unit has moved to scotch persistent rumours that a number of New Zealand racing stables are under investigation over cobalt irregularities. 
While the rumours are not new, they gathered significant momentum after the RIU announced two weeks ago that first one, then another two horses trained by Matamata partners Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott had returned swabs that breached the cobalt threshold of 200mgs per litre or urine. 
That investigation remains ongoing, but in response to the rumours around supposed other cobalt cases, RIU co-chief steward Ross Neal felt the need for a public statement to clarify the true picture.

“I can unequivocally state that any rumours suggesting other stables are under investigation for cobalt breaches are groundless,” Neal said. “There is absolutely no truth to them. 

 “In recent months the RIU has tested hundreds of samples for cobalt and the only three that have raised a query are those currently under investigation.”