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French Take The Lead in ITTP Testing
Racing authorities in France have become the first to detect a positive result for synthetic blood agent myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITPP), and have disqualified for life the Arabian galloper Akoya, winner of the Gr1 Prix Dragon for purebred arabians, stripping him of the race and suspending Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos for one year. According to bloodhorse.com, the positive urine test was returned by French racing's LCH laboratory and confirmed by the Quantilab facility in Mauritius, and was later deemed the first worldwide positive of the prohibited doping agent. Laboratory director Ludovic Bailly-Chouriberry said they have been on the lookout for ITPP for some time: "Doping can be quite cyclical and you can have a spate of positives for a certain substance, then it goes out of fashion. With the advent of the internet you can order something from anywhere in the world and so all the laboratories are in frequent contact to alert one another as to the next potential threat, or of any seizures of banned substances that have taken place."