Two Australian trainers had horses return positive tests for steroids in late 2017 and early 2018, but neither will be punished by Racing Victoria stewards, reports racenet.com.au. In these cases, it was determined that the use of altrenogest – a medication which keeps mares from going into season – caused “small but detectable positives to banned anabolic steroids including trenbolone.”
The stewards ordered testing of several products containing altrenogest, and found that those use by trainers Robbie Laing and Russell and Scott Cameron contained measurable levels of the anabolic steroid trenbolone. This finding encouraged the stewards to issue notices to all trainers and veterinarians in mid-2018 to cease the use of products containing altrenogest.
Since Laing and the Camerons positive tests occurred before the public notice, the stewards chose to take no additional action against those trainers. Both horses with positive tests had previously been disqualified from their respective races, and neither will be allowed to start for 12 months following the date of the positive.
Read more at racenet.com.au.
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