BHA postpones zero-tolerance drugs policy until March 2015: BBC 12/19/14

The introduction of a zero-tolerance drugs policy has been postponed by the British Horseracing Authority a fortnight before it was set to begin. Announced in June 2014, the new rules will mean horses cannot be injected with steroids at any time. Lengthier bans will also be introduced for horses breaking the rules, from six to

Cobalt threshold to be introduced nationally in 2015: 12/18/14

By Clinton Payne A national threshold for levels of cobalt allowed in a horse's system will come into effect from the first day of 2015. Racing Victoria introduced a local rule on April 14, which designates cobalt a prohibited substance at a concentration of greater than 200 micrograms per litre in urine. From January 1,

RMTC Executive Committee Responds to Proposal, Stresses Importance of Independence 12/18/2014

NEWS RELEASE December 18, 2014 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO PROPOSAL, STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF INDEPENDENCE The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met on Wednesday, December 17, to consider a recent letter from the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) inviting the RMTC to merge with RCI’s

Philip Fenton withdraws appeal against drugs ban: Racing 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By: Jessica Lamb TRAINER Philip Fenton has withdrawn his appeal against a three-year ban imposed on him by the Turf Club for drug possession.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.

Metropolitan winner Junoob disqualified…: The Sydney Morning Herald 12/11/14

By: Chris Roots Premier trainer Chris Waller was fined $30,000 by Racing NSW stewards on Thursday afternoon after The Metropolitan winner Junoob tested positive to Frusemide after its group 1 success in October. Junoob was subsequently disqualified, elevating stablemate Opinion into first place and the late Araldo, which died after an accident returning to scale

National Medication Reforms Make Significant Progress in 2014 12/9/2014

NEWS RELEASE December 9, 2014 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 NATIONAL MEDICATION REFORMS MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN 2014 The horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of national medication reforms in 2014, as regulators in multiple jurisdictions adopted model rules developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the

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