Sam Kavanagh is a step closer to reviving his training career after the NSW Supreme Court ruled he had no knowledge he was administering a prohibited substance to his horses and a previous minor reduction in his penalty was «manifestly inadequate».
Kavanagh, who was originally banned by Racing NSW stewards for almost a decade, later reduced to six years and three months on appeal, has fought the governing body in the Supreme Court over the long-running cobalt saga.
Justice Desmond Fagan on Friday ordered Kavanagh’s charge of administering a horse a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting performance be quashed given he had no knowledge what was in a vitamin complex bottle supplied by his former vet Dr Tom Brennan.
The vitamin compex container was found by stewards to have «minimal labelling and no statement of who the manufacturer was, where it came from or its ingredients».
The mix was given to Midsummer Sun before it won the 2015 Gosford Cup and was later found to contain caffeine and also cobalt at 175 times the concentration found in registered products or B12.