Talking Horses: BHA moves to plug strict-liability rules raises hackles

By: Greg Wood Thursday 6 August 2020

New rule says trainers must establish the precise source of any positive finding, ‘reversing the principle of innocent until proven guilty’

The trade body representing Britain’s trainers said it was “very disappointed” after the British Horseracing Authority finally published plans to plug the hole left in its “strict liability” anti-doping rules by two high-profile cases in 2017.

Philip Hobbs and Hughie Morrison avoided serious sanctions in 2017 after horses in their yards returned positive tests for banned substances. A disciplinary panel imposed no penalty on Hobbs after Keep Moving tested positive for cetirizin, an antihistamine, in January 2017, a decision which was upheld following an appeal by the BHA.

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