CHARGED: Wodonga trainer Brian Cox faces 13 charges.

Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has been slapped with 13 serious charges from Racing Victoria stewards.

The charges were handed down on Friday and allege he possessed and administereda prohibited substance and man handled two stewards during a routine inspection of his Wodonga stables on March 10.

Stewards discovered an Ulcerguard container with a substance identified as Nitrotrain following analysis by Racing Analytical Services Limited.

Nitrotraincontains Ethylestrenol,which is an anabolic steroid, and stewards allege Cox administered it to horses,Minnie Downs and Baby Jack, twice last year.

A minimum mandatory disqualification period of three years is in play if Cox is found guilty on any of the charges relating to the administration of the steroid.

Cox is also facing a charge of giving false or misleading evidence at a stewards’ inquiry.

Stewards Dion Villella and Rhys Melville attended the stable in Marchand stewards have alleged Cox manhandled Villella in an attempt to remove the prohibited substance from him and also forcibly pushed Melville.

In a separate development,Cox has alsobeen hit with an animal cruelty charge.

Stewards allegeCox was provided with veterinary advice on December 8 last yearto rest and confine another stable member,Cochrane’s Gap, fortwo to three months to overcome a serious leg wound.

But a day laterthe horse was presented for a jump-out at Wangarattato gain approval to race.

It subsequently failed to do so withstewards allegingCox failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty.

The charges will beheard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed.

Cox has runners engaged at theWodonga race meetingon Saturday.

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