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.
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 options explored. In the wake of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board's termination of its long association with BHP Laboratories in
By: Brian O'Connor The former chief veterinary officer at the Department of Agriculture, Colm Gaynor, is the new chairman of racing’s Anti-Doping Task Force. He takes over the role from the Turf Club’s senior steward Meta Osborne, who recommended that an “independent” chairman with no connection to bloodstock industry bodies be appointed to lead the task
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
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
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