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Silvergeaser will be thrilled that his Turd Club have taken action.


Current procedures for testing in training horses to be intensified

Horses out of training to be subjected to rigorous new testing programme

Formal information sharing arrangements to be put in place

New powers to search premises sought

Licensees must disclose information in relation to any investigations

New regime to become effective 1 January 2015

The Turf Club announced today, Friday, 28th February, that it is to significantly enhance its drug testing regime. With effect from 1st January, 2015, all horses whether returned in or out of training, or for whom a hunter certificate has been issued after that date, will be liable for testing at any time. This is just one of a number of measures announced by the Turf Club, all of which are aimed at strengthening its existing drug testing procedures.

In making the announcement Denis Egan CEO of the Turf Club, said:  “While the Turf Club already has an extensive and successful drug testing regime in place, it is an area that is under constant review and where we would never be complacent.  In 2013 the Turf Club tested 3,207 samples out of which three were found to be positive.  All winners on the racecourse are tested for prohibited substances while Turf Club Veterinary Officers also visit trainers’ yards and take samples from horses in training.”

The full programme of measures announced by the Turf Club is as follows:
•    With effect from 1st January 2015, all horses whether returned in or out of training, or for whom a hunter certificate has been issued after that date, will be liable for testing at any time. Such testing will commence from the first time that every horse has been returned in training and/or a hunter certificate has been issued until they have finished their racing career.

•    Discussions will commence with all stakeholders with a view to extending the testing of all horses as early as possible after birth.  A January 1st 2016 commencement deadline has been set for this to happen.

•    Discussions will take place immediately with the various enforcement agencies (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Customs & Excise and the Garda Síochána) with a view to putting in place formal information sharing arrangements.

•    Discussions will also take place with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with a view to designating Turf Club veterinary officers as Authorised Officers under the relevant legislation to give them powers of search and seizure, powers which they do not have at present.

•    The Turf Club will continue to work with its scientific experts in developing hair testing methodology with a view to its introduction when appropriate.

•    All licensees will be required on an annual basis to disclose, as part of their licence application, if they are under investigation for any matter which may influence the granting of a licence. In addition they will be asked to confirm that substances that are prohibited at all times have not been used by them.

•    Clear indications of support have been given by Horse Racing Ireland in relation to providing funding to meet the Turf Club’s needs in this important area.

•    The Turf Club fully endorses the position announced by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in October 2013 that anabolic steroids have no place in horse racing and that they should not be permitted in or out of competition. The Turf Club will be pursuing every means to make this a reality in conjunction with our colleagues in other racing jurisdictions.

In conclusion Denis Egan said: “The Turf Club will use every resource at its disposal to ensure that Irish racing is kept as clean as possible and free from drugs. Over the next two years we will significantly enhance the out of competition testing that we carry out, with the result that we will be able to test a lot more horses that previously we did not have access to. Recent developments have pointed for the need to extend the drug testing regime particularly into the area where horses are out of training, and also to seek new powers to enable the Turf Club veterinary officers inspect premises for illegal drugs”.

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By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 13:19
Bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted about it redbait.

The media attention over the recent steroid raids by another body has left them embarrassed and shown up for what they are, a ruling body in name only.

Wrist slaps and appeasement the order of the day, prevention never registers with them.
By:
wildmanfromborneo
When: 28 Feb 14 13:22
Silvergreaser I have said it before but its fairly obvious Redbait is the press officer of the Turf Club.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 14:01
I have read nothing from Redbait that didn't make total sense tbf.....
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 14:02
I do 'enjoy' Silver's posts though.....Laugh
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 14:05
tbf JR Hartley you know where your bread is buttered, as you're obviously closely involved in racing, so no surprise you would almost instinctively disagree with everything I say, often for the pure sake of it.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 14:19
As I said Silver,i enjoy your posts....very imaginative.
By:
kingrat
When: 28 Feb 14 15:04
this is only flannel and bullsh1te.its a damage limiting exercise ,a pre emptive strike before fenton is convicted.the fact is,the irish turf club is not fit for purpose.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 15:19
I see Kingrat....and in your opinion how do you think the Turf club should have acted?
By:
tony57
When: 28 Feb 14 15:24
what could the turd club have done?..if trainers want to dope there horses how are they to be stopped?..you can only test so much?
By:
wildmanfromborneo
When: 28 Feb 14 15:25
I like and respect the Turf Club,I have never had the problem others had with the landed gentry or the military titles their members had.

They looked after Irish racing for years and did it with integrity and mainly for nothing.

My sole problem is Redbait pretending to be a disinterested bystander.
By:
Tolmi
When: 28 Feb 14 15:41
I'm beginning to think silver that you actually believe that people on here disagree with you "just for the sake of it"
By:
kingrat
When: 28 Feb 14 15:43
^^^correct wildman.redbait obviously has a vested interest,a blind man can see through his bullsh1te.the dept have took a dim view here and have cried ,enough is enough! basiclly the dept have shafted the irish turf club and told them to go fck themselves.
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 15:48
Wildman most of the military types just hold honorary membership these days, the current Turf Club is nothing like what it was, its just an extension of HRI's arm, you know that organisation that all the Trainers, Breeders etc were thrilled was put in place, the Charley McCreevy gift to horse racing.

Brian Kavanagh was the main man at the Turf Club before HRI was implemented, now he's head honcho at HRI.

Please Mr Government can I have some more...?

The Turf Club and integrity should never be mentioned in the same breath.
By:
wildmanfromborneo
When: 28 Feb 14 15:53
Fair clarification Silver,HRI seemed to have subsumed the Turf Club,I regret that.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 16:30
That's not actually true though is it.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 16:31
HRI do fixtures,ownership and prize money...hth.
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 16:59
Talk about vested interests, the senior steward at the Turf Club Neville O'Byrne is also a member of the board of HRI and is a governor of the Irish European Breeders Fund Limited, he has also been involved in horse breeding for a number of years.

His predecessor Roddy Ryan was also vice chairman of HRI.

His second in command Meta Osbourne no surprise she's joint owner of a stud farm with her husband Dermot Cantillon who is also on the board of HRI.

John Byrne steward of the Turf Club surprise surprise also owns a stud farm Ballymadun Stud.

And I've only given a small example of the snouts that are buried in the same trough, there is scores more of them with similar vested interests, but I would be typing till the cows come home to the trough.

Public confidence and integrity doesnt even register with these guys.
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 17:35
It would be a shame to leave out Turf Club steward John Tyrrell who is believe it or not a BBA Ireland bloodstock agent who would I presume be very close to many trainers, breeders and owners.
By:
kingrat
When: 28 Feb 14 17:47
the sil is turning the screw  now!Wink
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 18:10
I bet it's a loose one....Laugh
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 18:12
Nothing loose in my head JR far from it.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 18:14
Of course not Silver...Wink
By:
workrider
When: 28 Feb 14 18:15
Lets not forget , the T/CLUB would not liked been undermined on here , so  I imagine they would send in their own troops , I think we can safely say they have arrived...
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 28 Feb 14 18:18
Shocked
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:25
It'the world we live in Wonks...a man in his underpants in Newbridge sucking on a few cans of Dutch Gold and raging at the world...can shake prominent institutions to their very core.

Luckily they had a few sleeper agents planted here to mount a defence.
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 18:27
Dutch Gold ozy? only Hollands finest for me.
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:28
Laugh I must have got the underpants bit right, no denial! Laugh
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 18:30
White y fronts.
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:31
Jockey's?
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:32
Your Missus must burn through the packets of Vanish Stain Remover.
By:
silvergreaser
When: 28 Feb 14 18:33
Not quite wildmans age yet ozy.
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:37
Laugh Borneo considers underwear a modern fad and goes commando.  His tweed slacks have taken considerable punishment over the years.
By:
richters
When: 28 Feb 14 18:37
never mind sils missus oz its the cleaner that goes into clean your cage after you lying in it for days unend typing into a laptop
By:
Ozymandius
When: 28 Feb 14 18:41
good evening, dickie, how are you?
By:
richters
When: 28 Feb 14 18:48
u backing the deegan newcomer oz?I AM
By:
workrider
When: 28 Feb 14 18:50
I'VE LAYED THIS RICHTERS..
By:
kingrat
When: 28 Feb 14 20:44
redbait has gone very quiet since wildman exposed him.Shocked
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 01 Mar 14 10:17
He won't be back in the office until Monday........please leave a message.
By:
J.R.Hartley
When: 01 Mar 14 10:28
Or if you would like to e-mail him at the Anti-Loony Division of the Turf club it's redbait@aldi.ie
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