Serious breeding breach – Former employee of a major breeding operation claims surrogates are used

Serious breeding breach – Former employee of a major breeding operation claims surrogates are used

Racing Victoria has confirmed it is investigating claims surrogate mares have been used around some of the top horse flesh in the country.

The Herald Sun on Tuesday suggested RV had been handed documentation from a former employee of a major breeding operation that alleges the use of surrogate mares.

“The stewards are in the formative stages of an investigation that relates to thoroughbred breeding,” an RV spokesman said.

“We don’t intend to comment on the specifics of that investigation at this time.”

It has been alleged that a surrogate was used for a champion mare who was struggling to conceive and that a surrogate was used to carry a foal that became a multiple Group 1 winner.

Surrogacy and artificial insemination are prohibited in thoroughbred racing, with the Australian Stud Book stating that horses must be bred naturally.

The Herald Sun story includes text messages that were part of the file handed to authorities that indicate a vet’s involvement.

“Glad to say that (horse name redacted) has read the textbook this cycle,” the message says.

“I have done a split AI 6hrs before and during ovulation. The rest is up to her. I have two mares in synchrony so as well as it can be here.

“Let you know in just over a week if we recover an embryo.

“(Horse name redacted) still holding a HF but hope to see it move this week and will time nicely with other recips (mares).”

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria have both been contacted for comment.