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

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 traceability in both racing and breeding and was described on Monday as a landmark moment by HRI’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh.

Australia Cuts Cobalt Thresholds in Half: Blood-Horse 7/7/16

By: Blood-Horse Staff The allowable levels of cobalt in Australian racehorses has been cut in half, according to an announcement July 7 by Racing Australia, the country's national racing industry body. The urine threshold for cobalt will become 100 micrograms per liter effective Sept. 1, down from 200 μg/L (micrograms per liter). A plasma threshold 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