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Stewards On "High Alert For Go-Fast Drug ITTP"
The "go-fast drug ITTP, described by one vet as a high-octane milkshake in a syringe, has arrived in Australia" reported The Herald-Sun. Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said the drug (formulated in France & until recently undetectable) has arrived in Australia & when "asked if it was being administered" he replied: "If you ask me has it landed on our shores, it certainly has. Whether in thoroughbred racing it has been used, what I would say if it hasn't been used, I would suspect it would not take too long to change." Murrihy described ITTP (a drug that causes the haemoglobin in blood to release oxygen in amounts substantially greater than normal, instantly enhancing physical performance) as a "real nasty". Murrihy confirmed this month's national stewards' conference had "discussed the development of testing for New Age substances such as ITTP & strategies on how to stop it entering the country". He emphasised: "These are the sort of substances that can change the playing field, the integrity of racing. We have established good channels with some entities around Australia to keep an eye on these substances being imported. Stewards are well aware that there are plenty of websites that advertise these products." Murrihy also noted that "swab samples from every Gr1 winner at the Sydney Autumn Carnival had been frozen".