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Hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises near Monasterevin have tested negative for banned substances, the IHRBoard has announced

Hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises near Monasterevin have tested negative for banned substances, the IHRBoard has announced

Hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises near Monasterevin have tested negative for banned substances, the IHRBoard has announced

None of the samples taken from horses which were present at the Kildare yard raided by Department of Agriculture Food & Marine (DAFM) officials and Gardaí two weeks ago have returned positive for prohibited substances.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) took hair and blood samples from four thoroughbreds present at the Monasterevin stables where renowned equine therapist John Warwick was operating out of.

Unlicensed medicines found in Warwick's possession were seized by the Department, but the IHRB confirmed that horses trained by Jessica Harrington (one), Ted Walsh (one) and Liam Burke (two) that were there on the day in question tested negative.

"The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board can today confirm that the hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises near Monasterevin, County Kildare, on 9th November 2021 have been analysed at LGC laboratories and reported negative for prohibitedat all times substances," an IHRB statement read.

"As this is part of an ongoing investigation working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other agencies, we cannot make any further comment at this time.”

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