Medication control – elective drug testing to reduce the risk of a positive sample
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27 January 2017
The last thing a trainer needs is for a horse to return a positive sample post-race, despite following all of the rules on medication control when managing a horse’s recovery from injury, back to the racecourse. Yet, this is what some trainers have faced in relation to intra-articular administration of corticosteroids.
The National Trainers Federation (NTF) are working with their Veterinary Adviser, Clive Hamblin, and the BHA to agree guidance for trainers which will be available shortly. In the meantime, the NTF are promoting the opportunity for elective testing which will allow trainers to establish whether medication given for essential veterinary treatment, has cleared from a horse’s system before a race and when a trainer suspects inadvertent medication or contaminated feedstuffs may have been given to a horse or horses.
Elective testing is done at the trainer’s expense (the current charge is £123.92 plus VAT for the standard 4-day turnaround) and must follow the terms and conditions stated in the rules of racing. A step by step guide is available in the Resource Centre on the BHA website. Go to Anti Doping and Medication Control and look for Testing Procedures or type this link into your web browser – http://www.britishhorseracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Elective-Testing.pdf
On this page you will find a link to download an Elective Testing Request Form and an Elective Testing Submission Form. Only urine samples can be submitted and you will have to collect the sample following the guidance provided. You must then send the sample to the laboratory (LGC), which will test for the specific substance you are concerned about. In most cases the result is known within 3 days of receipt of the sample.