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Racing Australia Tighten Injection Rules
Racing Australia (RA) yesterday announced a ban on injections One Clear Day before races and official trials from 1 October, 2015. The ban extends to blood tests, vitamin injections and all other injections of any kind. Racing Australia believes there are compelling reasons for the introduction of a new rule to prohibit the use of hypodermic needles during the one clear day prior to racing or official trials. A "Clear Day" is defined as the 24 hour period from 12.01am to 12.00 midnight. RA CEO Peter McGauran said that discussions with vets and trainers assisted in determining the rule, now known as AR 178AB. "There is no scientific evidence that supports the treatment of horses by hypodermic injection within one clear day," McGauran told Racing.com. "The vets that we spoke with are not convinced that treatments should continue on a Friday for Saturday racing, they believe that the same results could be achieved on a Thursday." He added: "It is only old wives' tales that say treatment should occur the day before, you could call it voodoo science." Racing Australia believes that there is an unjustifiable reliance on intravenous injections close to race day, and that integrity concerns demand a reform to long established practices that are not essential to the health and welfare of racehorses. "We believe that there is an unjustifiable reliance on intravenous injections close to race day," said McGauran. "We spoke with the likes of Chris Waller, James Cummings, Kris Lees and John Hawkes. They raised concerns that they had with blood testing and vitamin injections but came around and understand that it will just be a management issue from their end."