BHA update regarding positive samples for morphine

24 Jul 2014 Disciplinary Integrity

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has been notified by LGC analytical laboratory (formerly HFL Sport Science) that a two further post-race samples obtained from recent race meetings have been found, upon analysis of the ‘A’ samples, to have present in them morphine, a prohibited substance on raceday under the Rules. The two horses are in the care of two separate trainers. BHA have received certificates of analysis reporting the findings and the trainers involved have been informed.

As a result, in total seven horses under the care of various trainers have so far been reported to show the presence of morphine in their ‘A’ samples.

It remains the case that BHA will not make public any information regarding the identity of the horses, trainers or owners, the races they competed in or the dates on which the samples were taken until all necessary processes – including counter analysis of respective ‘B’ samples requested by those connected with the horses, and its own investigations – are completed.

Owing to the shared characteristics of these cases it is not possible to rule out the reporting of further positive detections from post-race samples obtained in recent weeks. BHA are continuing to investigate any link between the individual cases and are working closely with the British Equine Trade Association (BETA), the National Trainers Federation (NTF) and the trainers of the horses in question on this matter.

Once all processes have been completed the cases will be put before the Disciplinary Panel who will consider the matters before deciding what action, if any, should be taken. This may include the disqualification of the horses in question from the relevant races.

Notes to Editors:

1. The staggered nature of the timings of the positive samples mean that we will be in a position to confirm the identity of the first five horses before the processes regarding the later two horses has been completed.

2. BHA cannot provide any further comment or information on this issue at present and until all necessary processes and investigations are completed.