12 Jun '13, 10am

Horse Racing: 17 Hong Kong horses tested positive for banned drug

Horse Racing: 17 Hong Kong horses tested positive for banned drug

HONG KONG: Seventeen horses from the stables of three Hong Kong trainers have tested positive for the banned drug zilpaterol, a substance used to produce muscle growth in livestock, the Hong Kong Jockey Club said on Wednesday. Thirteen of the horses have been withdrawn from Wednesday's public holiday races following testing that began earlier this week, the city's racing authority said. "Seventeen horses have been found to have the substance," Hong Kong Jockey Club spokeswoman Carmen Lok told AFP. The discovery follows a series of doping scandals in Britain involving identities including Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni who was handed an eight-year ban in April for using prohibited steroids on 11 horses. The Jockey Club said that 12 of the horses were trained by Ricky Yiu, and the South China Morning Post daily said the remainder were trained by Paul O'Sullivan and Me ...

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