KAVANAGH WINS APPEAL

KAVANAGH WINS APPEAL

Disqualified trainer Sam Kavanagh will be in a position to re-apply for a trainer’s licence later this year after successfully reducing his penalty on appeal.

Kavanagh, the eldest son of Flemington trainer Mark, was initially given a nine-year and three months disqualification in NSW in 2015 over a raft of cobalt and caffeine charges.

That term was reduced to six years and three months plus a $3000 fine when appealed the first time.

However, in February, the Supreme Court of NSW established that Kavanagh should not have been issued with the mandatory three-year ban as they found he did not attempt to affect a horse’s performance as he did not knowingly administer cobalt to the horses.

Kavanagh returned to the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal after the NSW Supreme Court ruling and on Monday the tribunal altered the penalties issued to the trainer.

Kavanagh’s period of disqualification was reduced to four years, five months and one week and his penalty will now expire on October 26.

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