Talking Horses: game-changer on cocaine testing expected within days

By: Greg Wood Monday 3 May 2021

Any rider who tests positive can be stood down for the day before they pose a threat to the safety of others

Some of Britain’s jockeys will get their first experience this week of a new procedure that could become a regular part of their working routine. The Guardian understands a pilot scheme to conduct pre-racing saliva tests for cocaine on riders will be launched over the next few days.

The scheme, which was announced by the British Horseracing Authority in February, is a significant step towards finding out whether the weighing room has a deep-rooted problem with cocaine. Recent evidence might suggest that the answer is yes.

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