Irish horses cleared of Zilpaterol

POSTED ON  |  12-10-2020

Anthony van Duck Werribee
The 10 visiting horses from the Irish stables of Aidan O'Brien and his son Joseph have been cleared to take their part in the Melbourne Spring Carnival after all tested negative to Zilpaterol. In a media release on Friday afternoon, Racing Victoria said it had been advised by Racing Analytical Services Limited that Zilpaterol was not detected in the out-of-competition samples obtained from the Irish horses on Monday.

Both O'Briens were forced to scratch a number of runners in Europe last weekend, including four key chances in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after they tested positive to banned substance Zilpaterol, for which a contaminated batch of feed is being blamed.

RV moved on Monday night to clarify the situation where the 10 horses in question at Werribee, including Caulfield Cup favourite Anthony Van Dyck and Melbourne Cup favourite Tiger Moth may have been exposed to such feed. RV confirmed that Zilpaterol was a banned substance if found in a horse on race day but is not classified as an anabolic steroid.

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