Upping the Ante : Irish horseracing has an elephant in the room

A dramatic rise in failed drug tests since the horseracing watchdog changed labs this year raises questions about past success

30th September, 2018
Aidan O’Brien

Grapes, a less than fresh variety, came to mind when the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) confirmed in March it was prepared to drug-test horses trained in Ireland before they raced in some of the major flat meetings in Britain.

The admission came on the back of another Cheltenham Festival in which the Irish were dominant. Indeed, testing was carried out by BHA personnel at the yards of the powerhouse pair Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott...

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