Well, what could possibly be next we ask, when it comes to horse racing, cheating and drugs?
We have been so busy working on racehorse doping and horse slaughter in America, we’ve had very little time for anything else, especially the international scene. Gene doping seems to be the latest scam.
The Racing Post reported the following back in April of this year.
BHA commits £1 million in funds to fight against gene doping of horses
By Scott Burton | 22 April 2019
The BHA [British Horseracing Authority] will spend an initial £1 million to investigate ways in which racing can protect itself from gene manipulation, a leading sports anti-doping conference was told last week.
The study will be conducted by the LGC laboratory in Newmarket, with scientists looking at a range of potential applications including attempts to improve performance, change breeding outcomes and speed recovery from raceday effort and even injury.
The Racing Post reported last October that the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the International Stud Book Committee had “agreed principles to combat the problem and a road map for adopting practical deterrents” as first steps to combating a problem which is viewed in human sport as the next frontier after blood doping.
The day after the 2018 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the IFHA’s gene doping sub-committee chair, Dr Kunichi Kasano, warned the body’s annual conference in Paris that gene doping could “endanger the integrity of the sport and wagering, and will risk creating genetically modified thoroughbreds”. Read more at The Racing Post »
Bloody ‘ell as they say back home.
But what about this from 2017? America must be cheating this way too. They cheat doing everything else, from milkshakes to frog juice to shock wave therapy. The Horse.com reported on it in 2017.
Getting Ahead of Gene Doping in Racehorses
Gene doping’s effects, good or bad, remain unclear. It might not affect performance and could have serious side effects.
The Horse | Nov 9, 2017
Gene doping could be the hot new thing in horseracing. More specifically, the hot new bad thing. As pharmaceutical doping tests become more powerful and efficient, and as gene therapies advance, the black market of the horseracing industry is turning to gene doping. And that’s opening a whole new can of proteins for detection.
“Some genes that are the focus of gene therapy research for their therapeutic effects may also have a role in athletic performance, and this is where the concept of gene doping stems from,” said Tessa Wilkin, PhD, of the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the National Measurement Institute Bioanalysis Group, both in Sydney, Australia.
By injecting certain genes directly into a horse, handlers might be able to influence performance, Wilkin said. However, scientists have not yet studied the effects—good or bad—of these injections. They might not affect performance, and they could cause severe side effects. It’s even possible the genes could filter through the bloodstream into the reproductive organs.
“This is one of the risks associated with gene doping—the injected gene could then be inherited with unknown effects on the foal,” she said. Read more at the Horse.com »
At the Asian Racing conference in 2018, Dr. Kanichi Kusano, JRA official veterinarian and chair of the ARF Drug Control Committee, as well as the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities Gene Doping Control Sub-Committee, provided a background with regards to gene doping and the role of the sub-committee, stated:
“Gene doping is just a trend of the times. In effect, it is the misuse of drugs—in this instance, the misuse of DNA,” Kusano said. “It just means that we need new experts and new instruments in order to deal with gene doping. Read more at the BloodHorse.com »
Good gawd. How disgusting.
Jane, oh Jane, will you come and explain all this to us please? (She always knows everything)
New BHA chair warns of ‘ethical challenge’ facing racing over welfare, The Racing Post, 2 July 2019, by Bill Barber.
States Annamarie Phelps, in her first public speech since taking over as BHA chair:
We are seeing the rise of the social consumer who really cares about what they buy and that it doesn’t harm the planet, or its people or its creatures.
Updated 5:48 pm EST