Hong Kong Jockey Club defends horse-feed testing protocols

John Ridley, HKJC director of operations

As an investigation continues into how the cattle weight-gain drug zilpaterol ended up in Hong Kong horse feed, a high-ranking official has defended the Jockey Club's testing procedures and expressed confidence in the brands at the centre of the furore. But the official stopped short of guaranteeing a similar incident could not happen again.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

Jockey Club officials ready to move on after zilpaterol feed contamination

Ricky Yiu. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club officials will proceed to tomorrow's Sha Tin meeting confident the zilpaterol feed contamination will not play a role. The bulk of runners declared on Thursday for the meeting underwent urine tests after all horses at Sha Tin had been taken off the two feeds found to contain the cattle supplement, a prohibited substance.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:26am

Hong Kong Jockey Club says there is no risk to horses in feed contamination

Chris Riggs. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club chief veterinarian Chris Riggs is adamant there is no health risk to the horses affected by the zilpaterol feed contamination, despite a US study reporting alarming side effects when the cattle drug was given to horses.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

HKJC: Horses to be clear of feed drug for Sha Tin meet

Chief stipe Kim Kelly says Sunday's race meeting will go ahead as planned. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A potential crisis has been averted, despite a second batch of feed being contaminated and exposing 80 entries for Sunday's Sha Tin meeting to banned drug zilpaterol, Jockey Club chief steward Kim Kelly said last night.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

17 Hong Kong horses test positive for drugged feed as zilpaterol found in 2nd brand

Paul O'Sullivan. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The possibility that Hong Kong's racehorses have been exposed to contaminated feed yesterday widened to cover more than half the population in training at Sha Tin after a second type of feed from California was found to contain the banned substance zilpaterol; a total of 17 horses have tested positive for it.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:30am