No changes to Cobalt ruling
Racing Australia has reaffirmed its position on cobalt and will not be making amendments to
the Australian Rules of Racing. The Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) wrote to Racing
Australia (RA) in August asking the Veterinary and Analysts Committee (VAC) for its expert advice on
cobalt. The ATA letter raised a number of concerns about the volume of cobalt positives registered
across all racing codes since 2014, including 100 thoroughbred trainers. In their reply to the ATA, RA
said the VAC remains staunch on its view that cobalt has the potential to positively affect performance,
and is a welfare risk to horses at toxic levels.
It says there is no nutritional, medical or welfare justification for the administration of cobalt salts
by injection. RA says industry notices have been provided to trainers advising that administration
of certain registered vitamin supplements close to racing, particularly by injection, may result in a
sample exceeding the threshold.