Racecards Likely to Be Affected As More Horses Test Positive for Morphine
Last month it emerged that the Queen’s racehorse Estimate tested positive for morphine and now the British Horseracing Authority has said that a total of eight horses have tested positive for the banned drug.Seven of the horses, including the Queen’s, tested positive as a result of contaminated feed while the BHA has said that in one of the cases there is a “difference in the circumstances” from the others.
As a result seven of these cases will be heard together by a BHA disciplinary panel and the eighth will be considered separately.
The BHA is waiting to complete the “outstanding B sample analysis” before confirming the identities of all the horses.
However, it is known that Charlie Wells, a horse trained by Oxfordshire trainer Eve Johnson Houghton, is among those that tested positive. Furthermore, Tony Carroll, Gay Kelleway and Charlie Hills have all said that they train horses which tested positive.
It is not yet known how the findings will affect future racecards, but they are sure to have a knock-on effect. Furthermore, the horses will be disqualified from the races in which post-race samples were taken and it is possible that connections of Estimate may have to forfeit £80,625 in prize money.