International Headlines

Apr23, 2019

The BHA is spending £1 million on research into gene doping – why?: Racing Post 4/23/19

April 23rd, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By: Katherine Fidler Gene doping could be a risk to the integrity of global racing within a decade according to the BHA, prompting the regulator to invest £1 million in research to detect it alongside teaming up with

Apr15, 2019

New EC Equine Medication Control Rules For 2019: Horse Canada 4/15/19

April 15th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By: Equestrian Canada In keeping with its mission to deliver safe, fair and clean sport, Equestrian Canada (EC) reviews and updates its Equine Medication Control Program on an annual basis. The Equine Medication Control rules

Mar29, 2019

Info Bulletin No. 70 – Ban on Race Day Medication: Introduction of a Standards-Based Rule: AGCO 3/29/19

March 29th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Press Release: The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is implementing a ban on race day medications as of April 19, 2019 that will prohibit the administration of medications, drugs and substances to any

Mar19, 2019

Besieged trainer Darren Weir faces four year ban, will not contest charges: The Age 2/5/19

March 19th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Michael Lynch & Simone Fox Koob Besieged trainer Darren Weir is facing a four-year disqualification and will not contest the charges against him after a marathon hearing on Monday night. The show-cause hearing involving

Mar12, 2019

IHRB vows to introduce more stringent whip rules and increase penalties after 26pc rise in offences: Independent 3/12/19

March 12th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , |

By: Cormac Byrne The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has promised to introduce more stringent rule surrounding whip use after a sharp rise in the number of penalties handed out for the offence in 2018.

Mar12, 2019

Embalming fluid found in In Her Time after feature race win: Racenet 3/12/19

March 12th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By: Clinton Payne In Her Time’s Group II Sydney Stakes win in 2017 is under a cloud after it was revealed the mare returned elevated levels of formaldehyde - an embalming fluid – during the

Mar12, 2019

Smerdon argues against power of tribunal: Racenet 3/12/19

March 12th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: Robert Smerdon has argued a racing tribunal had no power to ban him for life over the "Aquanita eight" doping scandal because he had surrendered his trainer's licence. One of four trainers appealing their

Feb15, 2019

Drug Rule Changes To Be Discussed: Standardbred Canada 2/15/19

February 15th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: Proposals to modify the regulatory policy concerning clenbuterol and betamethasone use in harness racing will be one of the major topics considered at the upcoming meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International

Feb7, 2019

Trainer disqualified after drugs charge: Harnesslink 2/7/19

February 7th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

Press Release: HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Monday February 4, 2019, in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that cocaine was detected in the

Jan30, 2019

Leading Aussie trainer Darren Weir arrested in stable raid:Thoroughbred Racing Commentary 1/30/19

January 30th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Shane McNally Police swooped on Weir’s properties at the regional Victorian centres of Ballarat and Warrnambool early today and arrested three men. An unregistered firearm, electric shock device (jigger) and a quantity of cocaine

Jan15, 2019

Details of Rick Zeron suspension/fine: 1/15/19

January 15th, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: has obtained a copy of the specific ruling issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) that resulted in Rick Zeron receiving a 180-day suspension and $10,000 fine. In announcing

Jan3, 2019

Showing producer urges others to ‘learn from my error’ after positive dope test: Horse & Hound 1/3/2019

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Alex Robinson A showing producer whose horse tested positive for banned substances including ACP at Royal Windsor Horse Show has urged others to learn from her mistakes. Joanna Bates’ ride Grandeur was the subject of

Dec27, 2018

All Iwate Pref. races canceled after 5th horse tests positive for banned steroid: The Mainichi 12/27/18

December 27th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: MORIOKA -- The banned muscle-building steroid boldenone was detected in a horse entered in a December race at the Mizusawa track in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, the prefectural horseracing association announced on Dec. 26.

Dec21, 2018

Joseph O’Brien avoids sanction after horse tests positive for banned substance: Independent 12/21/18

December 21st, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Michael Verney JOSEPH O'BRIEN has avoided sanction from the Irish Horse Racing Board (IHRB) despite having one of his horses disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year. The O'Brien-trained Pedisnap

Nov28, 2018

SA trainers have tubing bans cut on appeal: Racenet 11/28/18

November 28th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

Press Release: A training duo received significant reductions to hefty raceday treatment penalties after an appeal to the South Australian Racing Appeals Tribunal (RAT). Niki O’Shea and Ashton Downing received five and two-year penalties respectively

Nov27, 2018

Laing, Camerons avoid altrenogest sanctions: 11/27/18

November 27th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , | Staff: Trainers Robbie Laing and Russell and Scott Cameron have avoided sanction after having mares in their respective stables test positive for trenbolone, an anabolic androgenic steroid. Racing Victoria stewards in their investigation found

Nov26, 2018

Hair Analysis Detects Drugs in Horses Weeks, Months After Administration: The Horse 12/26/18

November 26th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Christa Leste-Lasserre In the race for the ultimate drug test, Chinese researchers just got a few lengths ahead. In fact, you might even say they got a hundred lengths ahead. That’s because they’ve validated a

Nov23, 2018

RV investigating Balfour: 11/23/18

November 23rd, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

By: Andrew Eddy Veteran Mornington trainer Clive Balfour faces another Racing Victoria investigation into possible race-day treatment just seven months after returning from a ban for the same offence. RV stewards at Moe on Thursday

Nov5, 2018

Trainer Tony Mullins fined £1,000 by British Horseracing Authority: The Irish Times 11/5/18

November 5th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor Irish trainer Tony Mullins has been fined by the British Horseracing Authority almost seven months after his runner, Glencairn View, ran at Ayr in April. On Monday a BHA panel imposed a £1,000 (€1,150)

Oct25, 2018

Woodbine seeks stiffer penalty for vet: Daily Racing Form 10/25/18

October 25th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Ron Gierkink Woodbine has filed an appeal with Ontario's Horse Racing Appeal Panel regarding a $7,500 fine assessed to veterinarian Dr. Brian Van Arem for performing Extracorporeal shock wave therapy on two horses entered on Aug. 1. The treatment was done

Oct24, 2018

Exclusive: Favourite sparks BHA investigation after 6-4 shot Ladies First fails drug test at Newcastle: The Telegraph 10/24/18

October 24th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , |

By: Marcus Armytage The British Horseracing Authority has launched an investigation amid suspicions a horse was doped to underperform after it was beaten by 22 lengths, when finishing second-last, in a race it had been

Sep21, 2018

Spike in horseracing positive drug tests due to ‘lack of understanding, not doping’: The Irish Times 9/21/18

September 21st, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor Irish racing’s head of anti-doping believes there’s nothing sinister behind a spike of positive drug tests which this week saw five more winners being disqualified. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board confirmed the

Aug31, 2018

Trainer Richard Laming suspended: Wide World of Sports 8/31/18

August 31st, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: AAP Cranbourne trainer Richard Laming has been suspended by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board over a race day administration charge. Laming was charged by Racing Victoria stewards following a race day stable inspection

Aug14, 2018

Trainer Robin Bastiman banned from racing for three years after giving horse cobalt injection: Mail Online 8/14/18

August 14th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , |

By: Sam Turner Robin Bastiman, best known for his handling of dual Nunthorpe winner Borderlescott, has been disqualified from racing for three years after a BHA inquiry found the former trainer guilty of injecting 2016

Aug7, 2018

Bastimans to face charges after positive cobalt test on Wolverhampton winner: Racing Post 8/7/18

August 7th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Lee Mottershead Rebecca Bastiman will on Friday become the first British trainer to face charges of a positive cobalt test after the BHA's retrospective testing system shone the spotlight on handicapper John Caesar following

Jul23, 2018

HRI board unanimously approves new anti-doping policy: The Irish Times 7/23/18

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor The board of Horse Racing Ireland has unanimously approved a new ‘Industry Wide Policy on Prohibited Substances & Doping Control’.  The long-awaited new protocol promises to introduce a radical overhaul of drug testing and

Jul20, 2018

Horse racing body: ‘prior day notice’ drugs testing not ideal: The Irish Times 7/20/18

July 20th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has described as less than ideal any “prior day notice” element likely to be included in the thoroughbred industry’s proposed new anti-doping policy. Despite that, racing’s regulatory

Jun27, 2018

Trainers warned that recreational drugs in yards can prompt equine positives: Racing Post 6/26/18

June 27th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

By: Richard Forristal Recreational drug use around racing yards increases the risk of horses testing positive for illegal substances, trainers in Ireland have been warned. All licensed trainers have received written notification of the threat

May30, 2018

Female sex hormone administered to male horse: Vet dream turns into a nightmare at Bangalore Turf Club: Bangalore Mirror 5/30/18

May 30th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By: Ikram Khan Close on the heels of the Queen Latifa doping episode – which led to much mudslinging, heartburn and a subsequent CID probe by the government – comes another drug controversy which could

May10, 2018

Woodbine Reaccredited by NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance: NTRA

May 10th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Press Release: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Woodbine opened in 1956 bearing a name associated with racing

May8, 2018

Australia: Guilty Verdicts in ‘Systematic Conspiracy’ To Cheat: Paulick Report 5/8/18

May 8th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , |

Press Release: Five trainers and three stable employees have been found guilty of corrupt practices in what Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board chairman judge John Bowman has called  “one of the darkest and longest

Apr30, 2018

Video shows stablehand allegedly doping Robert Smerdon-trained horse at Flemington: ABC Net 4/30/18

April 30th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Jean Edwards Incriminating footage capturing the moment racing stewards confront a stablehand allegedly doping a Robert Smerdon-trained horse at Flemington has been aired at a hearing into the Aquanita scandal. Eight people connected to

Apr4, 2018

Changes To The Rules Of Racing: Standardbred Canada 4/4/18

April 4th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , |

Press Release: The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a suite of reforms as part of the 'Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario' project. These rule and process changes

Apr1, 2018

Positive tests for caffeine see top harness racing stable cop $14,000 in fines: Stuff 4/1/18

April 1st, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: Trainer Robert Dunn, who operates stables in South Auckland and North Canterbury, has been fined $7000 after three horses trained there returned positive swabs to banned substance caffeine. Dunn's son, John, who manages

Mar25, 2018

BHA set to drug test horses in Ireland ahead of British flat fixtures: The Irish Times 3/25/18

March 25th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed it is prepared to drug-test horses trained in Ireland before they race in some of the major flat meetings in Britain this year. Testing was carried

Mar4, 2018

UAE trainer Salem bin Ghadayer suspended one year: Daily Racing Form 3/4/18

March 4th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By: Marcus Hersh Salem bin Ghadayer, one of the leading trainers in the United Arab Emirates this season, has been suspended for one year by the Emirates Racing Authority for a positive drug test. High

Mar4, 2018

Bin Ghadayer granted stay of proceedings: Gulf News 3/4/18

March 4th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Leslie Wilson Jr. Dubai: The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) Steering Committee has granted trainer Salem Bin Ghadayer a stay of proceedings following his appeal against a one-year ban after a horse in his care

Mar2, 2018

Equine Centre among options as HRI wants ‘world-quality’ lab for drug testing: Racing Post 3/2/18

March 2nd, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

By: Richard Forristal Brian Kavanagh, HRI chief executive, has stressed Irish racing should have access to a "world-quality laboratory" for drug testing and indicated that developing the Irish Equine Centre accordingly will be among the

Feb28, 2018

Irish regulator ends association with drug lab after false positive steroid test: Racing Post 2/28/18

February 28th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , |

By: Richard Forristal A false positive test for the muscle-building anabolic steroid methandriol has prompted the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board to terminate its links with BHP Laboratories Ltd, 22 years after the Limerick-based firm first began testing

Feb25, 2018

Veterinarian gets prison time for horse doping: American Press 2/25/18

February 25th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By: Crystal Stevenson A Lake Charles veterinarian has been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison for his part in a racehorse doping conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said Kyle James

Feb20, 2018

IHRB plan to increase out of competition testing in racing: The Irish Times 2/20/18

February 20th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , |

By: Brian O'Connor The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has expressed satisfaction with its levels of out of competition drug testing on horses in 2017 but predicted testing rates will increase this year. A total

Feb20, 2018

Racing NSW stewards could retest frozen samples of Group 1 winner Mosheen after text messages expose alleged raceday doping: The Daily Telegraph 2/20/18

February 20th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By: Ray Thomas RACING NSW hasn’t ruled out retesting frozen swab samples from recent Sydney big-race winners in the wake of the alleged doping scandal that has enveloped Victorian racing. At least five Melbourne-based trainers and

Feb20, 2018

Aquanita Texts Released: Thoroughbred Daily News 2/20/18

February 20th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , |

Press Release: Melbourne’s Herald Sun has released a string of text messages allegedly sent by disgraced Aquanita Racing trainers Liam Birchley and Robert Smerdon with former Aquanita staff member Greg Nelligan. In the texts, Birchley and Smerdon

Feb8, 2018

AGCO Drops 90-Day Suspension Rule: Standardbred Canada 2/8/18

February 8th, 2018|Categories: International|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Press Release: The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a Summary Report of the work delivered by the Equine Drug Program Working Group over the last seven months. As part

Feb6, 2018