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Eighth Morphine Positive Revealed
The number of positive tests in the UK morphine controversy has risen to eight, according to the British Horseracing Authority, following the completion of an initial stage of inquiry suggesting contaminated feed as the source, reports racinguk.com. Seven horses had been reported to have tested positive for the banned substance, the highest profile of which being The Queen's Gold Cup winner Estimate, but that figure has now grown. A statement issued by the BHA read: "Further to the already reported seven samples testing positive for morphine, BHA can confirm an additional finding from within one of the yards that has already produced a positive." The statement continued: "Once the outstanding 'B' sample analysis is complete, BHA will be able to confirm the identities of all the horses whose samples returned positive results." Sir Michael Stoute confirmed that Estimate and stable-mate Russian Realm had shown traces of the drug, while Tony Carroll, Eve Johnson Houghton, Gay Kelleway and Charlie Hills have also said they train horses which had returned positives. The BHA said that, with the exception of one case, the circumstances about which the positive samples were found were very similar and "point to the source of the positive test being contaminated horse feed". Should the BHA disciplinary panel find that the source of the positives was contaminated feed, sanctions against those trainers involved will not occur - assuming they have "taken all reasonable precautions to safeguard against a positive test".