Medicines for banned animals seized from racing yard in Co Kildare
Irish racing faces the possibility of a major doping scandal after a raid on a farm yesterday (Tuesday) led to the seizure of animal remedies banned for use in racehorses.
The raid, led by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy acting on the basis of their own investigations and information received, and with the support of Gardaí as well as authorized officers of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board , whose anti-doping chief Lynn Hillyer, was held at a local in Monasterevin, Co Kildare.
A number of people were interviewed, including a UK resident, whose vehicle and phone were seized along with the banned substances.
Racehorses in training with various trainers were on site.
“On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, authorized agents acting on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Marine carried out an execution operation supported by Gardaí attached to the Kildare-Laois anti-drug unit and agents of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, ”a DAFM spokesperson said today.
“This operation carried out by the Department involved searches and seizures of products as part of an ongoing investigation into equine doping. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. “
“An operation was carried out by the DAFM and the Gardaí in the presence of IHRB officers, which led to the seizure of remedies for animals,” confirmed a spokesperson for the IHRB.
“This is an active investigation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy, so we will not be making any further comment at this time.”
The raid took place on the same day that the report of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee on the IRHB anti-doping regulations was released, in which it was determined that the regulations were not below international standards. .
The report recommended that all favorites and top five from all races undergo mandatory testing using hair samples.
The committee originally met following allegations by respected trainer / breeder Jim Bolger that there was a considerable doping problem in Irish racing.