Horses racing in Victoria must be free of prohibited substances on race day and blood and urine testing will be conducted to ensure the integrity of our racing. In support of RV’s policy of drug free racing, Victoria maintains a rigorous drug control program. Horses presenting for racing are frequently sampled and tested for substances prohibited under the Australian Rules of Racing.
Prohibited substances are considered to be any substance that is capable of acting directly or indirectly on any of the body systems (a full list is contained in Australian Rule 178B). As well as race day testing for prohibited substances, out-of competition testing for non-therapeutic or illegal substances is also undertaken. A brief summary of the testing program is provided below.
In addition to the drug testing program, there are a number of rules, restrictions, stand down periods and other related advice that pertain to the use of therapeutic substances, routes of administration and physical therapies.
Your veterinarian whilst in Australia will be able to provide advice on the use of medications or other substances and physical therapies leading up to race day.
It is the responsibility of trainers to be aware of the Rules and to take all proper precautions to avoid breaching them. Further information in relation to this advice is contained in the Australian Rules of Racing and/or can be obtained by contacting Brian Stewart at Racing Victoria.
Blood and or urine samples may be taken from any horses competing on race day, after their arrival at the racecourse. On arrival the strapper will be handed a card that will direct them to present their horse to the veterinary area for sampling at a specified time. All samples collected for post-race analysis are sealed, certified and forwarded to a laboratory where they are tested for the presence of prohibited substances.
Click here for more information on the control or race day treatments and the medication of racehorses.
Post-Race Blood and Urine Testing
In the period immediately after competition, a urine and/or blood sample is collected from all winners and a range of other horses at the discretion of the Stewards. All samples collected for post-race analysis are sealed, certified and forwarded to a laboratory where they are tested for the presence of prohibited substances.
Out of Competition / In Training Testing
Blood and or urine samples may be taken from any horses in training at any time at the discretion of the Stewards.
Pre Race Veterinary Inspection
48 hours prior to final acceptance time for the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup, the top 35 horses in the ballot order will be inspected by a Racing Victoria approved veterinarian.
Drug and Alcohol Rules
Click here for more information on the rules regarding to the use of Drugs and Alcohol.