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Vic Officials Uncover Evidence Of EPO Use

Thursday, 21st May 2009

The banned drug EPO "is being used in Victorian racing," declared The Herald-Sun this morning. "For the first time in Australia, racing officials have evidence the blood-boosting drug is available & has been used." Harness Racing Victoria stewards (who uncovered the evidence) & Racing Victoria "are working together to determine the extent of EPO use". RV chairman of stewards Terry Bailey "stressed yesterday no confirmed cases of EPO use had been detected in thoroughbreds"; however HRV "confirmed Victoria Police was also assisting in the investigation" & the newspaper revealed "the office of a Melbourne pathologist was visited late last week & evidence relevant to the investigation was gathered". HRV chairman of stewards Cameron George said "credible intelligence" of EPO use was discovered during a recent probe into a Victorian-based trainer & confirmed: "The inquiry is on-going. . . . . Over the past week we have conducted about 20 stable inspections & taken samples from more than 150 horses for analysis." And Bailey added: "When HRV informed us of the intelligence it had gathered, we agreed to work with them. There is an on-going investigation. We have already been jointly involved with inspections of some establishments. . . . . EPO's been talked about for years. It's a priority, there's no doubt it's top of our list."

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