Day At The Track

Harness identities implicated in drug scandal

11:31 AM 19 Jun 2015 NZST
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Mitchell Butterfield
Disqualified trainer Mitchell Butterfield

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman have been watching the unfolding saga surrounding the administration of Cobalt by several leading thoroughbred trainers in Victoria with a degree of smugness over the last few months.

For once it seemed like the shoe was on the other foot and the rival code was finally having its long overdue day in the spotlight regarding integrity issues.

Therefore it was all a bit of a shock yesterday to harness racing fans when it turns out two of the people providing a lot of the alleged illegal substances to the first trainer before the judiciary in Sam Kavanagh were well known harness racing identities.

Mitchell Butterfield and John Camilleri have both been implicated by evidence given yesterday and it has sent shockwaves throughout the industry.

Several harness racing trainers implicated in the cobalt scandal in the last few months have been a home away from home to visiting Kiwi trainers over the years.

Perception is reality to a lot of people in 2015 and it is a terrible look for harness racing when the visiting trainers are staying with people who are later found to be operating outside of the rules and regulations.

This is a lot more to come out yet but lets just hope that no other harness racing people are involved in this messy drug scandal 

Chris Roots of the Melbourne Age has done a great report of yesterday's hearing which you can view here

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