Ben Smith faces stewards over cobalt

Ben Smith faces stewards over cobalt

Ben Smith has pleaded guilty to several charges relating to elevated cobalt levels found
in some of his horses, including giving false evidence to stewards investigating the matter.
Newcastle-based Smith was stood down after a stable raid in September last year when
several unregistered products were found on his premises. Yesterday, he fronted Racing
NSW stewards over ten charges emanating from excessive levels of cobalt returned in swabs
by Iron Duke (Duke of Marmalade), who won at Newcastle on August 25, and Elaborate,
a winner at Wyong on August 26.

Smith pleads guilty to a number of charges              

Smith pleaded guilty to presenting the horses to race with a prohibited substance in their system but not guilty to administration. He also pleaded guilty to the possession of unregistered products and for refusing to tell stewards the source of the substances, knowing they came from former harness racing identity Neil Costello. Smith’s brother Daniel and fellow stablehand Emma Bickley were both charged over race-day treatments and failing to attend the inquiry. Stewards have adjourned the inquiry to consider Smith’s not guilty pleas and will conduct a penalty hearing once those charges have been determined.

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