TWO Danny O’Brien-trained horses were impounded at Flemington until after the last race with further blood tests taken from the horses.
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 were to have further blood samples taken at 7pm.
He said he would also be attending the O’Brien stable.
Bailey described the procedure as part of a “new drug testing strategy”.
He said such practice would be undertaken on a “regular basis”.
“This type of testing will be stepped up,” Bailey said.
Asked if it had been a random selection, Bailey replied: “We decided we would test The New Boy and decided to do the other one (Kutchinsky) when he won.”
Quizzed as to why The New Boy was selected, Bailey said the horse had been “well tried.”
The New Boy, backed from $8 to $6.50, was caught in the last stride by Lord Of Brazil, in the Craftsman Handicap.
Kutchinsky snapped a 32-month drought when he won the Piping Lane Handicap.