Anti-doping rules being reviewed by the British Horseracing Authority

Published by CasinoTopsOnline on January 27, 2018 in Industry News

Horseracing News UKHorseracing has been a part of the UK’s history since as far back as the 12th Century. Since it’s start, horseracing has grown in popularity throughout the ages and in 1993, the British Horseracing Authority became the governing head of this regal sport.

Throughout the many years that the British Horseracing Authority has governed the sport, equine doping and the consequences for being caught doping have been harsh to say the least. Most would agree that a harsh penalty is the correct response to doping, but there may be changes in the future.

Recently, the British Horseracing Authority (or BHA) has announced that they will be reassessing the current regulations regarding doping and the anti-doping rules.

Anti-doping Rules

The BHA advises that any medication and supplement (whether herbal or otherwise) should be considered prohibited unless the BHA Equine Health and Welfare Department states differently. Under the current rules, trainers are considered responsible for any prohibited substance that may be found in their horse’s system.

By reassessing the current rules and consequences of this conduct, the BHA may be shifting the blame away from the trainer entirely. This could take place if the substance can be traced back to another party.

“Leading trainers and the NTF have frequently repeated their support for zero-tolerance of prohibited-at-all-times substances,” said Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA. “The BHA agrees that this is the right approach to adopt if racing is to maintain credibility with the betting and viewing public and ensure a level playing field for participants.”

While all parties agree that doping should not be prohibited or allowed to affect the sport and the animals in any way, it’s also important that correct party is prosecuted. 

“We need to make sure that there is an appropriate deterrent for those who might consider cheating, so that we can protect the interests of their fellow participants – trainers, owners and riders – and the betting public,” continued Rust. “It is important for our participants and for our investigative and disciplinary processes that there should be clarity to these rules and consistency to the penalties applied.”

Accidental substances or horses being doped as a form of sabotage must all be considered before a ban of the trainer can be considered. Whether or not this will be achieved after the reassessment by the BHA remains to be seen.

The BHA has stated that they should made their decisions and will be able to provide more clarity on the current rules by the end of 2018.

About the British Horseracing Authority

Responsible for the governance and regulation of the horseracing industry in the UK, the BHA works to develop and grow while ensuring the health and welfare of horses.

Clean and fair racing, sustainable funding, and looking after those that make the sport as successful as it is an important goal for the BHA.