RV wants vet at cobalt appeals

A vet named in cobalt cases in two states may be forced to give evidence to Victorian trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh’s appeals against their disqualifications.

Racing Victoria barrister Jeff Gleeson QC will make an application on Friday that may involve asking a judge to issue a warrant for Dr Adam Matthews’ arrest if he fails to appear as a witness.

Gleeson this week said Matthews was an in-patient at a facility which had indicated a reluctance for him to be assessed while there.

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Matthews’ lawyer Nicole Spicer has told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal the most pressing issue is the vet’s poor state of health.

Matthews has denied supplying bottles containing a substance called Vitamin Complex that Flemington Equine Clinic partner Dr Tom Brennan gave to horses in the Kavanagh and O’Brien stables.

The Racing NSW Appeal Panel found Matthews not guilty of being the supplier of cobalt in a bottle of vitamin complex Brennan sent to Kavanagh’s son, Sydney trainer Sam Kavanagh.

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