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RACING Victoria stewards will seek leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the finding of the Supreme Court that overturned a three-year disqualification last month on trainer Mark Riley.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal had disqualified Riley for the alleged administration of a prohibited substance to the horse Gold For Kev in July 2014.

RACING Victoria stewards told champion Hong Kong-based Zac Purton that they had "grave concerns" over his ride on Fame Game in Saturday's $ 3.1million Caulfield Cup.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for THE AGE that stewards grilled Purton at length about why he didn't hook to the outside when the field was nearing the 600 metres. At least three stewards said they were worried why, in a Caulfield Cup, a horse was "ridden for luck".

Fame Game  finished fourth and his was clearly the run of the race.

ONE-TIME leading jockey Danny Nikolic will be allowed to attend Victorian race meetings after a Supreme Court judge put a stay on the order banning him from entry.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that Victoria Police gave notice that they would withdraw an order banning Nikolic from racecourses after Justice John Dixon asked both legal teams to work to resolve the matter by next Wednesday. 

TOP trainer Peter Moody has signalled through his lawyer Matthew Stirling that he will fight the cobalt charges relating to his horse Lidari and challenge the science surrounding the use of cobalt.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that Moody joins fellow trainers Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and Lee and Shannon Hope in fighting the cobalt science.

RACING Victoria will soon be able to test for formaldehyde — an embalming fluid — which stewards suspect is being injected into horses with a history of bleeding from the lungs.

“It is something that is very much on our radar at the moment,” chief steward Terry Bailey told DARYL TIMMS of the HERALD SUN.

“And it will be very soon that we’ll be able to test for it.”

MEDIA personality Brent Zerafa has been disqualified for three months for conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing while working as a mounting yard expert for TVN in January.

CHRIS ROOTS reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that colourful identity John Camilleri, who has been found guilty of six charges in the ongoing Sam Kavanagh-Midsummer Sun cobalt and raceday treatments inquiry, had texted Zerafa a tip for Palazzo Pubblico early in the day before it won on January 17 when heavily supported in betting. 

THE most precious commodity horse racing has is its integrity, once that is lost, racing is lost. The public demand confidence that horses are competing on a transparent level playing field, allowing those wishing to have a bet to do so with confidence.

PATRICK BARTLEY, in a refreshingly objective comment piece for FAIRFAX MEDIA, suggests that cobalt cases in Victoria have already damaged the image of racing in that state and there is the risk of it doing more damage.

DEFENDING champion Protectionist and English star Snow Sky will need to break a 55-year hoodoo if they are to win this year’s $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) following the release of weights today by Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter.

Protectionist, who delivered Germany its first Melbourne Cup win last year before being transferred to Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky share topweight of 58kg for the 3 November feature at Flemington Racecourse.

IN an unprecedented move on Monday, Racing NSW Stewards released a 36-page document detailing the reasons behind the guilty findings in the long- running Sam Kavanagh Midsummer Sun cobalt inquiry.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that in this inquiry Kavanagh and five other individuals faced 54 separate charges and were found guilty on 51 charges. The publication of the reasons behind the guilty findings is likely to foreshadow lengthy bans from the sport of kings for the six individuals found guilty.

THE lawyer for a journalist facing charges over the cobalt investigations has questioned whether Racing NSW stewards should have jurisdiction over media personalities.

CHRIS ROOTS reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that TVN racing channel tipster Brent Zerafa is facing a charge of conduct prejudicial to the image or interests of racing. His lawyer Damien Sheales told stewards that they should not "discipline or have access to discipline the media in this country".

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