DANNY O’Brien applauded Racing Victoria’s new drug testing strategy, which today saw two of his horses detained at Flemington then later had further testing.
O’Brien’s winner Kutchinsky and The New Boy, beaten a nostril, were kept at Flemington until after the final race and the blood tested back at the trainer’s stables more than two hours after the last of them had raced.
The Flemington trainer took to Twitter to endorse what RV chief steward Terry Bailey described as a “new drug testing strategy.”
“Kudos to Terry Bailey and his team ramping up the testing regime,” O’Brien tweeted.
“Very happy to see them target testing winning stables. Keep it up.”
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said The New Boy and Kutchinsky were detained on track until after the last race.
Bailey said a RV steward then accompanied the horses back to O’Brien’s stables, which are at Flemington, where the horses had further blood samples taken at 7pm.
He described the procedure as part of a “new drug testing strategy” and added such practice would be undertaken on a “regular basis”.
“This type of testing will be stepped up,” Bailey said.