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Paper alleges illegal drug use in Australian racing

An Australian newspaper has carried a report alleging widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in the country’s racing industry. The claim is denied by racing authorities.

The Melbourne-based Sunday Herald-Sun said several high-profile trainers had described drug cheating in racing as rife.

“Trainers don’t think they can compete unless they get an edge,” one racing identity told the newspaper.

The paper said EPO, a hormone that boosts red blood cell production and increases endurance, and opiate-based stimulants, were allegedly being used.

None of the trainers quoted in the story were named over safety concerns.

Racing Victoria and Harness Racing Victoria strongly denied that racing had a drug problem.

Integrity manager Dayle Brown said the sport had a robust and active drug-testing regime in place.

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