UAE trainers banned for cobalt breaches

One of the breaches relates to a race at Meydan in January

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( UAE trainers banned for cobalt breaches By Keith Melrose 8:58AM 20 FEB 2017

TWO trainers have been banned for a year by the Emirates Racing Authority after horses in their care were found to have above the permitted level of cobalt in post-race samples.

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It was revealed on Monday morning that Musabbeh Al Mheiri would be suspended for 12 months after Vivernus, winner of a Meydan maiden on Saturday January 14 this year, had been above the set limit of 100mg of cobalt per litre of urine.

Al Mheiri pleaded guilty to the charge, which the ERA said was considered when handing out his sentence.

The ERA also published the outcome of another inquiry involving Salmeen, who had finished second in an Arab race at Al Ain on November 19 last year.

His trainer Hassan Al Hammadi was found guilty of administering cobalt to the horse and was also suspended for a year.

The two are not the first this year to be charged with cobalt misuse in the UAE. In January both Nacer Samiri and Jameel Salman were suspended for a similar length of time for breaches of the same rule.

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