Following disclosure of the fact by connections, the British Horseracing Authority can confirm that it carried out drug tests on international horses stabled at Newmarket on Monday.
The procedure was the same as for last year, when there were no positive results. The usual procedures will apply, including confidentiality.
The Authority’s Director of Equine Science & Welfare Tim Morris said:
“Last year we tested those horses entered for Royal Ascot which had come from overseas jurisdictions which do not have the same regulations in terms of prohibited substances. Both directly and through the International Racing Bureau we make sure connections are aware of the policies in force in this country. The usual post-race testing regime applies. What we have done this year is no different to what we have done in the past. We wish to ensure as far as possible that our rules have been adhered to, eliminate speculation and ensure a level playing field.”
11th June 2008