Club policies to be reviewed

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2006, 12:00am

The Jockey Club yesterday promised a review of medication policies which could give trainers the option of preparing horses on certain preventative drugs and medicines as long as they are clear of a horse's system by race day.

The club's executive director of racing, Winfried Englebrecht-Bresges said, however, that having horses on the anti-mucus preparation favoured by reigning premier trainer Tony Cruz is not an option.

'The drug Ventipulman has a steroid component to it,' Englebrecht-Bresges explained. 'Therefore, having horses on it permanently by way of prevention would be dangerous because there would be a cumulative anabolic effect. This obviously would create a situation we would not be comfortable with and could not condone.'

However, the director said this does not mean he is close-minded to the issue.

'On the broader issue of medication in general, I think if there was a [mucus] preventative medication that was acceptable then this is something we could look into,' he added.