IHRB defends decision to back-date Turbine steroid ban to January

POSTED ON  |  07-09-2019

Irish Horse Racing Board
Racing’s regulatory body has defended the timeline which could see the first horse in this country to test positive for anabolic steroids back in action by the end of March. On Tuesday a referrals committee panel chaired by Justice Tony Hunt restricted the Denis Hogan-trained Turbine from being in training until January 31th of next year, and from running until March 31st, 2020.

They had heard how Turbine had twice tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after two runs in May including following a win in Cork.  At the end of that month out of competition testing at Hogan’s Co Tipperary yard, which included the use of hair-testing for the first time, also resulted in a positive outcome for Nandrolone.

Hogan escaped any penalties after a vet who had Turbine in his care for a wind operation in January accepted responsibility for the horse being administered a substance containing the anabolic steroid by mistake. An Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board spokesman has confirmed that British Horseracing Authority guidelines which outline a 14 month ‘stand-down’ period for such positive tests were examined by the panel.

However the panel opted to back-date the 14-month ban to January when the substance was administered.  The BHA recommendation is that any horse testing positive for a substance prohibited at all times will faced a stand down period of 14 months – 12 months out of training and two months in training but prohibited from racing – from the date of the positive sample.

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