Turf Club CEO Says Drug Test Protocol Agreement Close: The Irish Times 5/30/17

By: Brian O'Connor Body “optimistic” deal can be reached with Breeders Association in next two weeks The Turf Club expects to have a protocol agreed within the next two weeks that will allow racing’s regulatory body carry out drug testing on stud farms.  The establishment of a mechanism which would allow Turf Club officials carry

Willie Mullins Exonerated by Irish Officials Over Vet Drugs Bust: The Guardian 5/5/17

By: Chris Cook Irish authorities have clarified that no suspicions are harboured about the champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins, following news that a vet is accused of possessing unauthorised drugs while he was visiting Mullins’s stable in Carlow. Tim Brennan appeared in Kilkenny district court last week facing 14 charges and is due to appear

Anti-doping Issues a Hot Topic at ITBA Seminar:Racing Post.Com 2/3/17

By: Aisling Crowe in Clonmel CONCERNS over anti-doping inspections on stud farms, as well as inspections from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), were hot topics at the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association seminar at the Minella Hotel, Clonmel, on Friday. Breeders have to contend with the prospect of inspectors from the WRC, the Department of Agriculture,

Turf Club keen to promote out of competition testing on horses: The Irish Times 2/10/16

By Brian O'Connor Talks are due to take place between the Turf Club and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association to start implementing protocols for out of competition drug-testing recommended in the recently published Anti-Doping Task Force report, a step that racing’s integrity body describes as being “the last piece of the jigsaw” in terms of

Report Calls for Lifetime Bans for Doped Horses: The Irish Times 1/30/16

By: Brian O' Connor The long-awaited report from racing’s Anti-Doping Task Force, set up in the aftermath of the steroids controversy that saw trainer Philip Fenton disqualified in 2014, will recommend lifetime bans for horses illicitly administered substances which are prohibited at all times. The report also suggests a single national drug control laboratory for

HRI and Turf Club establish drug testing taskforce: The Irish Times 12/6/14

By Brian O'Connor Horse Racing Ireland and the Turf Club have established what they describe as a “taskforce” to ensure that drug testing within the racing and breeding industries will operate to the highest international standards. Tension between both organisations appeared to have deepened earlier this week in an unprecedented Turf Club request for independent

Turf Club will offer cash rewards for doping information: The Irish Times 11/24/14

By Brian O'Connor Racing Correspondent On the back of disqualifying Philip Fenton for three years over the trainer’s possession of banned animal remedies including anabolic steroids, the Turf Club plans to outline further measures to deal with the doping threat in 2015. These will include offering reward money of “up to five figures” for information