Extra leeway for trainers to use drug

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 November, 1998, 12:00am

Trainers have been informed that the period for non-treatment of horses with the drug Sputolosin will be raised to 14 days.

The previous threshold had been seven days for the drug, which is used to treat mucus in horses, and trainers had voiced concern when it was raised at the start of the season to a fortnight.

But in a meeting that was described as 'open and friendly', Jockey Club director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, said that international rules would be adhered to. 'For other medications, such as Clenbuterol, the time frame will remain at seven days,' he said.

Engelbrecht-Bresges is a fierce supporter of medication-free racing.

Ironically, it was revealed yesterday that three-quarters of the European runners at tomorrow's Breeders' Cup in America will run on Lasix, a well-known medication used there to prevent bleeding in the horses.

One of them will be the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Among Men, who is the leading European challenger for next month's International Cup. There are stringent pre-race and pre-departure checks for all runners at the International Races but Lasix is not likely to remain long enough in a horse's system to prevent it running here.

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