The Rosebud nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 The Rosebud. The Rosebud will be run on Saturday 6th August at Randwick racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2 HAIR TRIGGER G 3 James Cummings
3 LEGENDOFOZ C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4 LILAC LANE F 3 Bryce Heys
5 MEDITERRANEAN C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 MISS BENETEAU F 3 Jason Coyle
7 OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller
8 PITTSBURGH C 3 Anthony Cummings
9 QUICK FEET F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 THRONUM C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
11 UTHRED G 3 Gerald Ryan
12 WALK RIGHT IN C 3 Paul Perry


Trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh have lied about how some of their racehorses returned extraordinarily high cobalt readings, Racing Victoria says.

RV barrister Jeff Gleeson, QC, said things went terribly wrong for the trainers when Kavanagh’s trainer son Sam was found to have a bottle with massive amounts of cobalt hidden in his kitchen cupboard in NSW.

Gleeson said vet Tom Brennan eventually cracked and admitted O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh paid him $3000 for three bottles.

“Brennan and O’Brien and Kavanagh tried to hold the lines and the lies to the stewards in the subsequent interviews conducted but Brennan eventually cracked,” Gleeson told an appeal hearing on Monday.

O’Brien and Kavanagh have gone to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to try to overturn their cobalt disqualifications by arguing the laboratories that did the testing were not properly accredited at the time.

O’Brien was in January disqualified for four years and Kavanagh for three years for administering cobalt to affect the performance of a horse in a race, while Brennan received a five-year ban.

Brennan, who has also been outed by Racing NSW stewards, has withdrawn his appeal.

Victorian father and son trainers Lee and Shannon Hope are also appealing their respective three and five-year disqualifications, which will overlap with the lab accreditation and expert evidence in the O’Brien and Kavanagh appeal.

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