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Hair Testing to Trip Up Queensland Cheats

Friday, 26th June 2020

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has commenced testing the hair of racing animals for prohibited substances. Testing hair samples determines if there has been any use of prohibited substances in the lead up time well before a race. According to racingqueensland.com.au, QRIC Racing Science Centre (RSC) Director Dr Shawn Stanley said, historically, anti-doping laboratories test blood, urine and saliva to detect substance abuse through pre and post-race testing, but the use of some prohibited substances in the weeks leading up to a race cannot be detected. "Hair sampling leaves the cheaters with nowhere to hide," he said. "The Commission does out of competition testing of body fluids, but with our current approach we have to rely on intelligence gathering to determine which animals to test, and the ideal time to collect the sample, this is much less of an issue if the substance suspected of being used can be detected in hair." Dr Stanley added, "Banned substances including anabolic agents such as anabolic androgenic steroids along with hormones and metabolic modulators will be targeted with hair testing. Hair retains the traces of prohibited substances for months, acting like a reservoir for drugs that have been administered over time."

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