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Irish careers rocked when banned substances were seized in a drug bust on the county Kildare farm

Irish racing was rocked when banned substances were seized in a raid on the county Kildare farm used by multiple trainers as part of an equine doping investigation

  • Raid led by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine
  • Officials from the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board were also present.
  • Noted Irish coach Jim Bolger has raised concerns about the use of illegal drugs.


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Irish racing faces a major drug scandal after animal remedies that are banned for use on racehorses were seized in a raid on a property in County Kildare.

It was part of an investigation into equine doping by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Affairs.

Officials from the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board were also present, including anti-doping chief Lynn Hillyer, with the support of the police.

Irish racing faces the possibility of a major doping scandal after a raid on Wednesday.

Irish racing faces the possibility of a major doping scandal after a raid on Wednesday.

Reports late Wednesday suggested that racehorses in training with different trainers were at the raided farm.

Among those interviewed was a British resident, whose vehicle and phone were seized. A DAFM spokesperson said: “ On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, authorized officers acting on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy carried out a police-backed enforcement operation attached to Kildare’s drug unit- Laois and Officers of the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board.

This department-led operation involved searches and product seizures as part of an ongoing investigation into equine doping and prohibited substances. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. ‘

Irish head coach Jim Bolger has raised concerns that illegal drug use is a problem for Irish racing.

A report by the Irish government’s agriculture committee concluded Tuesday that the IHRB’s anti-doping procedures were of “the highest possible international standards.”

But he also recommended tightening drug testing measures further.

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