Bastimans to face charges after positive cobalt test on Wolverhampton winner

POSTED ON  |  08-08-2018

Rebecca Bastiman
Rebecca Bastiman will on Friday become the first British trainer to face charges of a positive cobalt test after the BHA's retrospective testing system shone the spotlight on handicapper John Caesar following his success in a race at Wolverhampton two years ago. Along with her father and former trainer Robin Bastiman, Rebecca Bastiman will appear before the BHA's independent disciplinary panel on Friday, where both family members – most closely associated with former top sprinter Borderlescott – will be required to defend themselves against a number of charges.

The revelation that British racing has been hit by its second cobalt case does not come as a surprise after Brant Dunshea, the BHA's directory of integrity and raceday operations, unexpectedly disclosed a story was about to break during a Racing UK interview in February.

While cobalt cases have not been uncommon internationally, the first hearing in Britain took place last autumn with County Armagh trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael, owner and intended rider of Anseanachai Cliste, disqualified for three years. They admitted to injecting Anseanachai Cliste with a tonic that  included cobalt at Cheltenham last March, although they claimed they were unaware the injections were potentially performance-enhancing.

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