A GROUP of respected horse veterinarians from around Australia are dismayed at the direction the cobalt debate has taken.

PATRICK BARTLEY REPORTS in THE AGE that they have contacted Fairfax Media to express their deep concerns over the misuse of cobalt and their fears of animal welfare. They contend that some sections of the racing media have allowed the Victorian trainers whose horses returned high cobalt readings to criticise Racing Victoria officials, even to the point of suggesting "entrapment".