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Racing Officials Confirm Mystery Drug Testing
In a breaking news report by the Sydney Morning Herald which will once again bersmerch the industry's reputation, officials in New South Wales and Victoria have confirmed that they have urgently worked to set up testing for sea snail venom. Believed to be the latest chemical being used by some trainers in both states to numb pain in horses, the venom’s sub-types, one of which has allegedly been imported into Australia, is “known to be infinitely stronger than morphine”. According to earthtouchnews.com, the tropical sea snail venom of up to 700 species has been extensively studied since the 1950s, offering medicine and neuroscience significant benefits for human treatment from up to 200 unique toxins each snail can produce. The aim is for racing’s laboratory testing to be able to test retrospectively from samples taken. The CEO of Racing NSW Peter V’Landy’s advised, "When we get information we act on it and we have a screen for this drug now. At the moment it is not a part of the normal screening process, but we have the ability to target it and test for it." Victoria’s industry has “begun testing for the drug as part of its normal screening process”, revealed Jamie Stier, RV’s general manager of integrity.