Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray has pleaded not guilty to eight charges issued by Racing NSW stewards, in relation to elevated cobalt readings detected in Alma's Fury, reports

The inquiry is in relation to elevated cobalt readings produced by Alma's Fury, following the Apollo Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 23, 2013, and the Doncaster Prelude on April 13, 2013.

On Monday, stewards heard evidence from Murray, as well as Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) science manager Dr Adam Cawley and ARFL general manager John Keledijan.


With the allowable threshold for cobalt 200 micrograms per litre of urine, the reported levels detected in Alma's Fury following the two races were:

  • Apollo Stakes (plasma sample) - 391 ug/L (NMI) and 315 ug/L (ChemCentre); and
  • Doncaster Prelude (urine sample) - 890 ug/L (NMI) and 940 ug/L (ChemCentre).


The inquiry was adjourned to a date yet to be fixed.