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Brian Cox Disqualified Until 2020

Wodonga trainer Brian Cox, a dominant racing figure from one of Victoria’s best known racing families, has been disqualified until 2020.

Brian Cox Disqualified Until 2020

Wodonga trainer Brian Cox, a dominant racing figure from one of Victoria’s best known racing families, has been disqualified until 2020.

Cox was handed a 3½-year disqualification relating to the use of steroids in his stable by Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Cox was found guilty on eight of 13 charges laid against him by Racing Victoria stewards. The charges also related to a physical altercation between Cox and a steward at his stables.


Cox had been found guilty on November 2 of four charges in relation to the administration of an anabolic androgenic steroid to two horses on two separate occasions.

He pleaded guilty to possession of Nitrotain and to manhandling stewards when they attended his stable in March.

Cox was also found guilty of providing false and misleading evidence.

In handing down the sentence the RAD Board said Cox’s behaviour was “a long way short of what is expected from any licensed trainer”.

“The deliberate administration of a prohibited substance strikes at the very heart of the integrity of racing and has the potential to be extremely damaging to its image,” the verdict read.

“A message should be sent to all racing participants that this behaviour will not be tolerated and is to be denounced.

“The behaviour of Mr Cox was a long way short of what is expected from any licensed trainer, much less one of decades of experience and a leader in his region.”

Cox’s veterinary surgeon Robert Fielding was fined and reprimanded after being found guilty of three charges.

Fielding was fined $20,000 after being found guilty of dishonest and improper actions relating to supplying Nitrotain to Cox.

Fielding escaped a more severe penalty thanks to his “long, illustrious and blameless record”.

Fielding submitted numerous character references from the likes of former Federal Attorney-General Michael Duffy and former Victorian MP for Benalla Bill Sykes.

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