Flemington trainers Danny O'Brien (left) and Mark Kavanagh at the Victorian Court of Appeal.
Flemington trainers Danny O'Brien (left) and Mark Kavanagh at the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Saga over for Cobalt trainers?

LEADING trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh expect to be spared of any further sanctions, which stem from a long-running Racing Victoria cobalt investigation, after all parties lodged final submissions at VCAT on Tuesday.

VCAT justice Greg Garde reserved his judgement, opting instead to publish his findings at a later date.

Flemington trainers Danny O'Brien (left) and Mark Kavanagh at the Victorian Court of Appeal.
Flemington trainers Danny O'Brien (left) and Mark Kavanagh at the Victorian Court of Appeal.

News Corp Australia understands Garde's decision could be made public as early as next week.

The lawyer representing Racing Victoria, Jeff Gleeson, urged Justice Garde to impose a "moderate, fair and just" suspension, potentially wholly suspended on good behaviour.

But the trainers' representative, Damien Shields, rejected the stewards's assertion, citing the irreparable damage already done to his clients finances and reputation.

A decision, as early as next week, could bring to and the prolonged three-year cobalt saga.

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