CHAMPION horseman John McCarthy has appealed the steward’s decision.
Last week McCarthy was only left in shock when Harness Racing New South Wales stipes found him guilty but also handed him a disqualification.
Stewards gave the multiple Group One winning trainer a 12-month sentence after cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre had been detected in the urine sample taken from Under Worked following its win at Tabcorp Park Menangle in October 2018.
Appealing the decision and sentence, McCarthy has been granted a stay of proceedings, with a date to be set for the hearing.
Training horses for the better part of half a century, McCarthy has had more than 12,000 starters during that period.
With several thousand of those swabbed, it is the first time McCarthy has had a prohibitive substance detected in one of his stable representatives.
Devastated by the circumstances, McCarthy is unable to comment while his legal team prepares his appeal.