Another vet has been charged in in the Sam Kavanagh cobalt case. Dr Adam Matthews has allegedly been labelled as the supplier of Vitamin Complex to Tom Brennan, who in turn passed it on to horse trainer Kavanagh. The original investigation begun after samples from Gosford Cup winner, Midsummer Sun, tested positive for elevated levels of cobalt.
Dr Matthews of the Flemington Equine Clinic was formally charged back in September. However, Dr Matthews managed to obtain an injunction, halting Racing NSW stewards from going public with the news. The vet has been charged with six offences regarding the supply of Vitamin Complex (a prohibited substance) and improper conduct.
Dr Matthews’ counsel has managed to acquire a change to the panel of stewards who originally heard both Kavanagh and Brennan’s cases. Ray Murrihy, Keith Mason QC, Marc Van Gestel and Chris Polglase have been replaced by Jim Walshe, Ray Livingstone and Thomas Moxon. The switch comes after Dr Matthews’ counsel successfully appealed for their exclusion. The vet’s solicitors argued their views may be influenced by their handing down of guilty verdicts in the prior cobalt trials.
Both Kavanagh and Brennan are currently appealing their bans.