BEN SMITH GUILTY ON COBALT CHARGES

BEN SMITH GUILTY ON COBALT CHARGES

New South Wales trainer Ben Smith has been found guilty of all charges against him relating to elevated cobalt levels, race day treatments and giving false evidence to stewards.

Stewards raided his Newcastle stable on September 11, 2018, after swab results from two horses showed higher than allowed levels of cobalt. During their investigation, stewards found several unlabelled products in Smith’s vehicle and his residence but the trainer declined to say where he got them.

He also said the products found in his vehicle did not belong to him.

On Monday, Racing NSW stewards announced Smith had been found guilty of 10 charges.

Smith’s stablehand Emma Bickley has also been found guilty of failing to attend a stewards inquiry, giving false evidence and administering medication on race day.

Smith’s brother, stablehand Daniel Smith, has also been found guilty of failing to front stewards and aiding, abetting and conspiring with Bickley to administer a substance on race day.

Bickley and Daniel Smith did not enter a plea to the charges and stewards will decide their penalties on May 28. Smith’s penalty hearing will be held on June 11.

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