Substances Banned From Horseracing Found On Premises Of Kildare Farm

Horses racing forms a part of sports betting
Advertisements

Substances Banned From Horseracing Found On Premises Of Kildare Farm

A pair of trainers from Kildare Farm, Ireland could find themselves in hot water following a raid carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the marine on Tuesday, though it’s believed they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

The search, carried out in Monasterevin County Kildare, saw substances banned for use in racehorses seized. A report from racingpost.com suggests the premises targeted by the department are in a location used by a very popular British -based equine therapist, with horses also in training at the time of the operation.

“On Tuesday November 9, 2021, authorised officers acting on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine carried out an enforcement operation supported by Gardai attached to the Kildare/Laois drug unit and officers from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board,” a DAFM statement reads.

“This Department-led operation involved searches and seizure of products as part of an ongoing investigation into equine doping. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”

Advertisements

The report claims the person involved is not a vet but is someone who works in the treatment of muscle and tendon issues who is also regularly consulted by trainers in both Ireland and Britain and has been used by high-profile participants in other equine affairs. The individual is known to have gotten a number of aces back racing again on the back of leg problems.

Said to be operating on horses in the aforementioned locations for over 30 years, the individual declined to comment when contacted by said publications about the substances found on Kildare Farm.

Other non-thoroughbred sport horses were found at Kildarre Farm and it is unknown as to whether or not there are concerns particularly related to thoroughbreds or the horses which were in training.

The DAFM raid included four officials and three gardai. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board was invited to be present and chief veterinary officer Dr Lynn Hillyer led a four-man team on site.

Two licensed trainers were at the location at the time of the raid; they got there after the department and gardai but not prior to the IHRB’s arrival. The latter has jurisdiction over unlicensed premises, having gotten authorised officer status late last summer, and opted to retrieve hair and blood samples from both horses said trainers were responsible for.

Advertisements

photo for illustration only

Photo via: Pxfuel.com

The trainers are understood to not have any concerns over their roles in the incident at Kildare Farm, according to sources, and did not field any questions from department officials nor the gardai. The trainers were reportedly there with horses suffering from tendon issues and claimed they were simply caught up in the situation and are innocent of doing anything wrong.

Trainers are sometimes the most recognizable faces when it comes to the sport of horse racing and persons who participate in online sports betting do take a horse’s trainer into consideration when selecting odds – at least the pros do.

“The premises are understood to be the location from where a well-known British-based equine therapist operates, and there were horses in training present on the site during the raid,” the report from Racingpost.com reads.

“It is understood the individual concerned is not a veterinary practitioner but is someone who specialises in tendon and muscle problems and is commonly used by trainers across the spectrum in both Ireland and Britain. They have in the past been credited for getting some star horses back on track following leg problems.”

The therapist, though, was questioned while on site and both their phone and vehicle were seized, as well as the aforementioned remedies. The individual was taken to his residence thereafter.

The operation is reported to be the result of information following a tip-off and took place on the day the IHRB’s anti-doping structures were given a vote of confidence by the cross-party Agriculture Committee.

On Tuesday, the body published a report on the back of hearings that started up during the summer after Jim Bolger’s claims of there being a “Lance Armstrong” in Irish horseracing.

It was also alleged that illegal drug use on the Irish racing scene was the discipline’s biggest problem.

The report, which consists of 34 pages, said the IHRB’s methods were “of the highest possible standards” and rubbished the accusations brought forth by Bolger. However, it did urge an audit of the IHRB’s testing regime that should be led by New South Wales chief veterinary officer Craig Suann.

Additionally, it has been recommended, “that the IHRB board composition be reviewed and that the lack of independent members and the lack of gender balance be examined.”

The organization is believed to be already taking steps to address the concerns but did not agree to comment on what has been described as “an ongoing DAFM investigation” after being contacted on Wednesday.

“An operation was led by DAFM and the Gardaí with IHRB officers in attendance, which led to a seizure of animal remedies,” an IHRB spokesman said. “This is an active Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine investigation so we will be making no further comment at this time.”

You may also like to read

3 Horses to Follow Ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival

Subscribe!

Never miss a news piece or an article. Subscribe and we'll send it all straight to your inbox each week.

We promise we’ll never spam! Take a look at our Privacy Policy for more info.

Just published

Shire Horse Mordearg Pendragon. Image credit Daydream Equine Art

National Shire Horse Show returns to Staffordshire Showground

The world's largest gathering of Shire horses is making its presence felt this March as the iconic National Shire Horse ...
Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo credit: Event Rider Masters

Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing Cancelled Due to Economic Constraints

In a disappointing turn of events for equestrian enthusiasts, the iconic Gatcombe Park's Festival of British Eventing has been canceled ...
Mother's Day Gifts for Mums that like horses

8 Mother’s Day Gifts for Mums that Love Horses

Discover Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mums that Love Horses with Everything Horse Magazine Here you'll find 8d Mother's ...
Abdulrahman Alrajhi & Ventago Longines Global Champions Tour 2024 Doha, day 1

Abdulrahman Alrajhi Rides Ventago to Victory on Opening Day of LGCT Doha

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha commenced in spectacular fashion at the renowned Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. Crowds ...
cannes stars win season opener in Doha. Podium shot

Cannes Stars Triumph in Thrilling Opening Stage of 2024 GCL Season

The equestrian world was set ablaze as the 2024 Global Champions League (GCL) season kicked off in Doha, Qatar, with ...
NIHI’S original horse whisperer, Carol Sharpe with a horse and client

Welcome to ‘Equine Wild Wellness’ at NIHI Sumba

Named as one of the best hotels in the world, you will find NIHI Sumba nestled within a hideaway in ...

Everything Horse Classifieds

Everything Horse Classifieds banner