What is the difference between medication control and doping control?

14 Jul 14

BHA recognises that therapeutic medications have a role to play in the treatment of injuries and disease in horses. There is not a ‘zero tolerance’ to use of medication in racehorses, however racehorses should perform on their inherent merits on raceday. Medication control aims to ensure, through science based information, that BHA, and so the wider public, can be assured that in a race any drug, or their metabolites, that remains from veterinary treatment given at any time before racing is at a level where it cannot affect performance.

Doping drugs such as cocaine, amphetamine or anabolic steroids that have the potential to be performance altering, are not permitted in racing or training at any concentration. There is a Zero Tolerance policy for these drugs.