Tuesday 21 January 2020

BHA blames contaminated feed as eighth horse shows morphine trace

Estimate, the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup-winning horse, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Estimate, the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup-winning horse, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Kevin Perry

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that an eighth horse has tested positive for morphine and acknowledged for the first time that contaminated feed is the likeliest cause of the controversy.

The seven horses that had been reported to have tested positive for the banned substance, including the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate, were split between five trainers. The latest horse to fail a test is from one of those yards.

"Investigations have established that in all but one of the cases the circumstances are very similar and point to the source of the positive test being contaminated horse feed," a BHA statement said yesterday. "The intention is for all these cases to be heard together by the Disciplinary Panel.

"Meanwhile, Epsom Derby second Kingston Hill is a surprise  inclusion  among 19 horses entered for Saturday's Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury. Roger Varian has had the Juddmonte International or Great Voltigeur Stakes as the prime targets for his colt. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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