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Laurie Issues Statement
Mornington trainer Matt Laurie has issued a statement following an announcement by Racing Victoria stewards that a horse in his care, Shockaholic, tested positive to methamphetamine after winning a 2YO maiden at Echuca in April. In the statement, Laurie says he believes racing must address the issue of illicit drug use by participants in the industry. The statement reads:
"The Stewards Report refers to a positive sample taken from Shockaholic and to testing of staff at Matt Laurie Racing.
The Report has identified an important issue for the racing industry in respect of the use of prohibited substances by persons involved in the industry and the potential for contamination of the horses in their care.
Matt Laurie Racing looks forward to the matter being fully investigated.
There is no reason to believe that the racing industry is isolated from the prevalence of drug use in the community generally.
However, there needs to be further debate about the appropriate response on the part of the industry generally given its potential impact on thoroughbred racing.
The Stewards inquiry is ongoing and no further comment is appropriate at this time."