Qld trainers upset at altrenogest ruling
Queensland trainers have expressed their disappointment integrity officers have refused
to introduce a local rule to allow the use of the drug altrenogest which many believe is essential
to preparing mares. Trainers have been asking for a local rule to supplement the national
rule regarding the use of the drug which can be used to regulate the reproductive cycles of
fillies and mares. It is currently exempted for use in its pure form but can produce detectable
amounts of the anabolic steroids Trendione and Trenbolone.
Racing NSW has introduced a threshold for “non-consequential” amounts of
the two substances. QRIC boss Ross Barnett said problems in the production process led to the
anabolic steroids being detected as impurities in altrenogest.
“The national rule states that if a prohibited substance is detected in a racehorse
prior to or following the running of any race the horse must be disqualified and its detection
constitutes a breach of the rules for the traineror person in charge of the horse,” Barnett said.
“We respect the right of other states to respond to this issue as they consider appropriate but
our position has now been clarified.”