BHA looks into Ladies First doping claims

Wednesday 24 October 2018 13:06, UK

Tim Easterby (L) with Mick Easterby (R)
Image: Tim Easterby with Mick Easterby (right)

The British Horseracing Authority is looking into claims that the Mick Easterby-trained Ladies First was doped at Newcastle last month.

Successful at York 12 days previously, Ladies First was sent off the 6-4 favourite to win again but could only finish eighth of nine under apprentice jockey Scott McCullugh.

The filly failed a routine test, returning positive for a beta-blocker - which slows down the heart rate.

Assistant trainer David Easterby said: "We've been told that she failed a test for a beta-blocker.

"At the time her performance had us all flummoxed. We couldn't find anything wrong with her - it had us all stumped.

"We trust our staff implicitly - you'd also like to think that nobody who works with horses on a daily basis would be involved, because they would know the risks of doing something like this."

In a statement, the BHA said: "The BHA does not comment on investigations or speculation surrounding possible investigations.

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