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SBD Global/May 2, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Black Caviar Trainer Peter Moody Fires Back At Horse Steroid Accusers
Published May 2, 2013
COURSE OF ACTION: In London, Greg Wood reported Ascot senior execs said that the course "will continue to subsidise the travelling costs of horses from around the world to enable them to race at the track, regardless of the drugs policies in operation in their native jurisdictions." Ascot Int'l Racing Head Nick Smith said, "It's a rule thing. We don't make the rules, we couldn't stop them coming and as long as they are complying with the rules of racing, that's fine." He added, "It's not it's all of a sudden that it's been found out that steroids are sometimes used in Australia -- it's common knowledge. I understand that it's in the public eye now, but nothing has changed, our policies haven't changed" (GUARDIAN, 5/1).
HORSE MATTERS: In Sydney, Michael Lynch reported Racing Victoria's Head of Veterinary Services Brian Stewart estimated that about 40% of trainers "use steroids on their horses." Stewart said the controlling body does not have systems in place to monitor the use of steroids so the best he can do is produce a ''guesstimate'' on usage. Stewart: ''Perhaps a guesstimate might be that around 10 percent of trainers might use them consistently and perhaps 40 percent from time to time. I can't say with any certainty, so these figures have to be taken on that basis" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/2). Also in Sydney, Roots & McClymont reported racing stewards are investigating whether More Joyous, the horse at the center of the row between John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse, was "injected with an anti-arthritic drug five days before racing poorly at Randwick at the weekend." The champion mare "did not eat all her feed on Monday night after the injection of the drug pentosan polysulfate" (SMH, 5/2).
GAINING CONTROL: In Edinburgh, Stuart Bathgate reported two of Scotland’s leading trainers "have welcomed the eight-year ban on Godolphin’s Mahmood Al Zarooni as proof that British horseracing has the doping problem under control." Trainers Linda Perratt and Jim Goldie said that the ban "showed that the system of random testing produced results." Perratt said, "The British Horseracing Authority do a good job with the dawn raids that they do. You don’t have any prior warning that they’re coming in, they just turn up, and that’s a great thing for keeping everybody on their toes" (SCOTSMAN, 5/1).
A FRIEND REQUEST: In Abu Dhabi, Geoffrey Riddle wrote, "In a sensational twist to the Mahmoud Al Zarooni doping saga," the former Godolphin trainer "appeared to question whether to appeal" the eight-year ban handed out to him. At around 9pm UAE time, Al Zarooni wrote on his Facebook page: "Hello everybody. I have been advised to appeal the case, what are your opinions?" (NATIONAL, 4/30).