IHRB confirms negative hair and blood samples for prohibitive substances after raid at Kildare premises

None of the samples taken from racehorses at the Kildare yard raided by Garda and officials over two weeks ago have come back positive; hair and blood samples from Monasterevin stables where equine therapist John Warwick was operating from were taken

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Image: The IHRB has confirmed negative hair and blood samples from a Kildare yard

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has confirmed that hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises in County Kildare, Ireland, earlier this month have nested negative for prohibited substances.

Animal medicines not licensed for use in Ireland were found in the possession of John Warwick and were subsequently seized.

But all of the horses that were present at the yard on the day have since tested negative for any prohibited substances.

An IHRB statement read: "The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board can today confirm that the hair and blood samples taken from horses at a premises near Monasterevin, County Kildare, on 9th November 2021 have been analysed at LGC laboratories and reported negative for prohibited at all times substances.

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"As this is part of an ongoing investigation working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other agencies, we cannot make any further comment at this time."

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