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Important Notice to Trainers & Veterinarians - Prohibited Substances Detected at Official Barrier Trials

Prohibited Substances Detected at Barrier Trials – Important Rule Amendment

As previously advised trainers are reminded that effective 1 February 2021, AR241 has been amended whereby if a horse has been presented to an official barrier trial and a prohibited substance is detected in a sample taken from a horse before or after such trial, the trainer or any person who was in charge of such horse breaches the Rules of Racing. The amendment to the rule includes all substances prohibited under Prohibited List A and B. Accordingly the use of such substances as furosemide, acepromazine and phenylbutazone are strictly prohibited at all times when a horse is competing in an Official Barrier Trial.

The current prohibitions when passing a test either after a suspension or otherwise in a gallop or Official Barrier trial remain in place. Horses jumping out, other than when passing a test or being passed to race, are not subject to the prohibition.


AR 241 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at trial etc

 If a horse is brought to a racecourse or recognised training track to participate in:

(a) an official trial;

(b) a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race (whether after suspension or otherwise); or

(c) any other test for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race (whether after suspension or otherwise),

 and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following the relevant event, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of the horse at any relevant time breaches these Australian Rules.


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