Peter Moody: Black Caviar trainer cleared of deliberate doping

Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody
Black Caviar was undefeated in 25 races, with 15 Group One wins

The trainer of retired sprinter Black Caviar has been cleared of deliberately administering illegal levels of the drug cobalt to a horse.

Leading Australian trainer Peter Moody had been facing a three-year disqualification if found guilty.

He was found guilty of two lesser charges by a disciplinary board, relating to the non-intentional administration of cobalt to a horse.

The penalty for those offences will be decided at a later date.

The Moody-trained Lidari tested positive for cobalt following a race in Melbourne in October 2014.

But a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board decided the drug was not administered deliberately.

Cobalt is said to have similar effects in horses to the blood-boosting hormone EPO in athletes.

Black Caviar retired in 2013 as the top-rated racehorse in the world, having amassed 15 Group One victories.

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