‘Very Serious Rule Breaches’ Threaten Luke Comer Yard: Sport Horse Racing 7/5/17

By: Johnny Ward Multi-millionaire developer and trainer Luke Comer remains suspended until the end of the month after the Turf Club's referrals committee met yesterday and found him guilty of "very serious rule breaches". In April, Comer got a suspended six-month ban after he refused permission for officials to inspect his stables. Comer is in

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

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

Philip Fenton withdraws appeal against drugs ban: Racing Post.com 12/11/14

By: Jessica Lamb TRAINER Philip Fenton has withdrawn his appeal against a three-year ban imposed on him by the Turf Club for drug possession. Fenton, who is also set to be made a disqualified person in March, had specifically questioned the severity of his punishments and was due to have this case heard on Tuesday

Board holds special meeting on drug testing: Farming Life 12/11/2014

The Board of Horse Racing Ireland held a special meeting last week to consider the issue of drug testing in the Irish thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. The board agreed to issue the following statement jointly with the Turf Club and INHS Committee. The board noted with concern recent high profile cases involving licensed individuals.

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