Cheltenham: First Positive Test For Cobalt Reported In Britain

The British Horseracing Authority disclosed earlier this week that a horse that had been entered to run at the Cheltenham Festival last March tested positive for cobalt, a prohibited performance-enhancing drug.

The Racing Post reports that this is the first confirmed case of a horse testing positive for cobalt in Britain and Ireland.

According to the Post, the horse at the center of the case is the gelding Anseanachai Cliste, who was entered to run in the Foxhunter Chase during the Cheltenham Festival. However, the gelding was scratched prior to the race after BHA officials discovered a “blood-covered syringe” in the barn of Stephen and Michael McConville, the father and son team that trains the gelding. A further search of the McConville’s barn resulted in finding the cobalt.

The Post reports that McConvilles face nine charges between them. Michael McConville, the gelding’s owner, faces five, and Stephen, the trainer, four. The pair are also charged with “violating anti-doping rules and failing to act in the best interests of the horse’s health and welfare.”

Read more in the Racing Post



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