Positive tests for Zilpaterol in France could be 'an isolated issue'

POSTED ON  |  12-10-2020

Arc de Triomphe

 Irish racing’s regulatory body has said no detection of Zilpaterol in horses in Ireland and Britain could mean that positive tests for the prohibited substance in France were “an isolated issue”. Traces of Zilpaterol, a drug unlicensed in Europe but which is used to fatten cattle in the US, were detected in horses in France last week and linked to a batch of contaminated feed from the Gain Equine Nutrition firm.

It led to a shambolic scenario at Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp where Aidan O’Brien was forced into withdrawing his four runners from the Arc.

O’Brien and his sons, Joseph and Donnacha, had used Gain products but immediately switched to other feed once the problem came to light last week. However, drug tests carried out on their intended runners at Longchamp were found to be positive the day before the Arc. They took out all their intended runners to protect racing’s integrity.

Other trainers using Gain products were also forced to withdraw horses.

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