Australian Equipment To Test Racehorses For 8,000 Drugs

by | 05.11.2015 | 10:09am

Australian racehorses will soon be screened for more than 8,000 drugs from a single drug test.

Bought for $A1.5 million (US $1,186,169), the equipment, purchased by Racing New South Wales, is expected to be operational by the end of May. The state-of-the-art equipment will be used by the Australian Racing and Forensics Laboratory to ensure that all horses are racing with no illegal substances in their systems.

Prior to these machines, a swab could only screen for a few hundred drugs at a time, with the operator having to stipulate ahead of time what drugs would be tested for. The new equipment tests for 8,000 drugs automatically with no decisions needed to be made in advance by the operator.

 

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