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Irish jockey banned after failing drugs test

Grant failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23. Credit: PA

Irish Flat jockey Danny Grant has been suspended for six months after he failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23.

Grant was officially handed a two-year riding ban by the Irish Turf Club, but the last 18 months of the disqualification period was suspended under the assumption he does not fail another test.

He must also remain available for further drugs testing during the entirety of the suspension.

Grant tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at the Curragh on the first day of the Flat turf season in Ireland.


Two horses die at prestigious Melbourne Cup

Two horses have died following the Melbourne Cup in Australia, including the favourite Admire Rakti.

The Japanese horse finished last in the race - won by Protectionist - and died soon afterwards.

Admire Rakti was carrying the top weight of 58.5kg and visibly tired. Once he return to his stalls he looked clearly agitated and soon his team had covered his stall with a protective screen.

Admire Rakti died after coming in last. Credit: Reuters

It was also confirmed that Araldo had been put down after suffering a fracture to his leg.

"It is with sadness that we confirm Araldo has had to be humanely euthanised as a result of the injury it suffered in a freak accident following the Emirates Melbourne Cup," said Dr Brian Stewart, RV Head of Veterinary & Equine Welfare,

"The owners made the decision to humanely euthanise Araldo in the best interests of the horse."

Queen's racehorse stripped of Gold Cup placing after positive drugs test

Estimate tested positive for morphine in July. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen has been stripped of its second place finish in this year's Ascot Gold Cup following a positive drugs test.

Estimate was one of eight horses to test positive for morphine in July, a substance which has since been traced back to a batch of contaminated feed.

A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing ruled that trainer Sir Michael Stoute had in fact taken sufficient measures to prevent the incident from happening, and decided against imposing a fine.

Estimate finished as runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the same race in 2013.

The £80,625 prize for second place will now be handed to Missunited, who originally finished third in the race.

Racehorse trainer charged over 'steroids in stables'

A leading Irish racehorse trainer had one kilo of anabolic steroids in his stables when veterinary inspectors carried out a raid, a court has heard.

Philip Fenton is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines allegedly found at his yard, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, in January 2012.

Irish racehorse trainer Philip Fenton Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Among the substances was the quantity of steroid Nitrotain, a 20ml bottle of a second performance enhancing drug, Ilium Stanabolic, a counterfeit antibiotic and medicines held without prescription, the court heard.

Fenton's trial will take place at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on October 23.

No plea has been entered.


First foal of champion Frankel sold in £1.15m deal

The first foal born to champion racehorse Frankel, has been sold at auction in a deal worth £1.15 million

The foal's mother, Crystal Gaze, was also included in the sale to MV Magnier, son of business magnate John Magnier, whose family owns the Coolmore stud farm in Ireland.

Frankel's foal sold for £1.15m to an Irish stud farm. Credit: Richard Pallot/ITV News

Crystal Gaze is expecting another foal father by Frankel later this year.

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