Peter Moody Peter Moody charged with cobalt offences

Leading Australian trainer Peter Moody - of Black Caviar fame - has been charged with cobalt-related offences.

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Leading Australian racehorse trainer Peter Moody has been charged in relation to high cobalt readings in one of his horses.

Moody, who rose to international prominence with unbeaten mare Black Caviar, was issued with three charges under the Australian Rules of Racing on Friday, after six-year-old Lidari was found to have high cobalt levels after finishing second in the Turnbull Stakes in October.

Racing Victoria's general manager for integrity services Dayle Brown said Moody has the right to try and clear his name.

"This has been an exhaustive and complex investigation by Racing Victoria's integrity services team into the sample returned by the Mr Moody-trained Lidari," Brown said in a statement.

"The issuing of these charges against Mr Moody means that we have now completed the investigative phase into the elevated cobalt samples returned by horses from four Victorian stables.

"Mr Moody, like the trainers from the other three stables, will have the opportunity to defend the charges brought against him before the independent RAD [Racing Appeals and Disciplinary] Board and we hope that this can occur at the earliest possible opportunity."

Moody joins Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and partnership Lee and Shannon Hope among the trainers charged with cobalt-related offences in Victoria.

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