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BHA To Review Anti-Doping Rules

Friday, 26th January 2018

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced a full review of its anti-doping policy following two recent high-profile cases that have exposed flaws in the strict liability rule relating to trainers and owners, reports Racing Post. The current rule makes trainers and owners (if the horse is in their care) "wholly" responsible for any prohibited substances that may be administered to a horse. However, last year trainers Philip Hobbs and Hughie Morrison both escaped penalty after horses in their care tested positive to prohibited substances - decisions that run contrary to the strict liability rule. As a result, the BHA said in a statement that it "has decided a review is necessary to achieve clarity for all participants, whilst maintaining the commitment to fairness and providing appropriate deterrent to wrong-doing." Click here to read the full press release.

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