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In a watershed moment in the history of Australian racing, the Australian Racing Board (ARB) has today announced a total ban on the use of anabolic steroids both in and out of competition.
Anabolic steroids as synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone promote protein synthesis, muscle growth, red blood cell production, tissue repair after stress and injury and appetite to meet demands for additional nutrition.
Currently in Australia anabolic steroids are only prohibited in horses on race day but the new ban will apply to all Thoroughbreds from the age of 6 months with that period allowed in the interests of animal welfare.
It was an interstate double for Lyndhurst Stud’s Champion Sire, Sequalo after Ticket to Dream and Swipeline both saluted.
In Adelaide, the Tony Mcevoy trained Swipeline was first-up from a spell after trialling strongly Gawler.
The 4yo jumped quickly from gate 3 and sat up second in running before too strong in the dash to the line to win by three quarters of a length.
In Brisbane, Ticket to Dream (pictured Dan Costello Racing) got well back in the 1000m Coke Zero Hcp for jockey Glen Colless but finished off powerfully to win running away, recording her fifth win and taking prizemoney to over $100,000.
Another Queensland metropolitan winner this weekend was Pickabee, by consistent Glenlogan Park sire, Jet Spur.
The 4yo mare made it four wins from nine starts when powering home to win impressively over 1300m in the Kirks Handicap
It was another big week for QTIS owners with $137,000 in bonus prizemoney available across 12 races.
Londehero took out the $85,000 QTIS 3yo Hcp at Eagle Farm on Saturday, collecting $56,500 in the process, thanks to the $24,500 QTIS bonus.
QTIS owners who raced at Townsville, Mackay, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Dalby collected more in bonuses than in general prizemoney, with those races worth $22,000 ($10,000 general, $12,000 QTIS).
$27,000 was on offer at Doomben last Wednesday and $25,000 went off in the 3yo Maiden Plate on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
QTIS also saw prizemoney double for eligible placegetters on the country circuit at Winton, Surat, Springsure and Atherton.
Congratulations to all the QTIS winners including Hot Saga, Talk Tough, Desert Harry, Hidden Duck, Tircky Rocket, Londehero and Pound on Tubby.
Photo – a QTIS trifecta supplied by Dan Costello Racing
Two foster mares are available for immediate use.
A breeder at Jimboomba lost her foal this morning and has a wet mare. Contact Denise Copley on (07) 5546 9281.
Another foal died early Sunday morning.
If you need a wet mare, contact Lisa Morton, at Lytton (near Brisbane) 0417 700 796.
The annual Fitton Raceday won’t go ahead this year due to the refurbishments at Toowoomba’s Clifford Park, but there’s still plenty of other fundraising activities you can take part in.
Organiser, Del Fitton (pictured) said a multi-draw raffle will be held, with the major prize a service to Wattle Brae Stud Sire, Exceedingly Good there’s also accommodation packages, stock feed vouchers, beauty products and household items.
The annuall Equine Hall of Fame Dinner will be held in Toowoomba on this Friday, September 27th and the Festival of the Horse Stud Tour through the Scenic Rim visiting Yarramalong, Glenlogan Park and Eliza Park will be conducted on September 29th.
The attached form has booking details and more information.
The Queensland Horse Industry Alliance [QHIA] in conjunction with DAFF Queensland is hosting a Scenario Planning Workshop to better prepare the horse industry and the government agencies should Hendra Virus or an Emergency Animal Disease breakout at an equestrian event or equine facility.
Participation from Horse Industry Organisations is imperative in order to better understand all the different obstacles and scenarios that may arise should an outbreak occur at an equestrian event or equine facility.
Brisbane – Rocklea Showgrounds,1430 Ipswich Road Rocklea
Wednesday October 2nd 9am sharp.
Seminar details here..