Trainer: Freeze Post-Race Samples for Future Testing

A formal Royal trainer is the latest in Great Britain to propose the Jockey Club freeze post-race samples from group stakes events to protect against new designer drugs that cannot be tested.

With the recent discovery of the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in human athletics, some racing jurisdictions are taking steps to counter its possible use in racehorses. Racing New South Wales has begun testing for THG, and now trainer Lord Huntingdon of England has said designer drugs are a potentially huge problem for the industry.

"It needs to be done because the miscreants are always ahead of the police," Huntingdon told the London Telegraph. "If there are not miscreants in racing here, it will be the only sport in the world without them."

Huntingdon is proposing samples from group races be frozen so they can be re-tested in the future as new screening techniques are devised.

"As with athletics, if there was a suspicious substance being used for which there was currently no test, it should be possible to test for it in the future when a test became available," Huntingdon said. "The Jockey Club could remove the black type from a horse and it would act as a deterrent."

Huntingdon added he is not concerned if removing black-type would wreak havoc in the bloodstock market.

"Doesn't it cause chaos in the art world when someone finds a painting which has been sold three or four times is a fake?"