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UK Moves On Foreign Raider Drug Concerns
The British Horseracing Authority announced that from 2009 "horses trained overseas must be declared as not having been trained on non-therapeutic substances," reported racingpost.co.uk. The move (which follows recent headline-generating criticism of the present rules by trainer Mark Johnston) "is aimed at clarifying that all overseas runners are subject to the rules already in place for European-trained horses". From January 1, overseas trainers "will have to declare that their horses have not been trained on non-therapeutic substances or face a ban from running in British races".