Reduction in omeprazole detection time

The BHA’s notice below is a welcome move forward in the regulation of omeprazole as a prohibited substance. The NTF has lobbied over a long period for omeprazole to be permitted on racedays on the basis that its effect is in the interests of a horse’s welfare by supressing the activity of gastric ulceration without affecting racing performance.

Though we have not achieved that goal yet, the announcement of a reduction in the official detection time is a step forward.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) would like to advise the Responsible Person (i.e. trainers, owners, breeders) and their veterinary surgeons that the Detection Time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. The updated Detection Time will be effective from 01 February 2019.

Substance Preparation Dose Route of Administration (no of horses) Detection Time (hours)
Omeprazole Gastrogard ®37% oral Paste Merial 1mg/kg for 28 days, once daily Oral (* see note) ≤48↓

* Calculated from several studies involving differing numbers of horses.

↓Decrease in Detection Time from previously published level. New Detection Time applicable from 01 February 2019.

The BHA Published Detection Times have been updated to reflect this change.

30 January 2019

Dr Emmanuelle van Erck to report on EIPH at the AGM

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck, an expert in equine internal and sports medicine, will present on the subject Understanding and managing exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage in horses for 30 minutes prior to the formal AGM on Thursday 28th February at the Institute of Directors. We are grateful to our sponsor Cavalor for arranging this presentation.

Dr van Erck graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She trained in sports medicine at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing in horses. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, regularly lectures at international conferences, and is a member of the FEI expert committee on prohibited substances and doping. Dr. van Erck will be present after the meeting to answer trainers’ questions about her work on EIPH.

Doors will open at 11.00am for members to arrive for tea and coffee before the presentation.

Full documentation for the AGM will be sent to members early in February.


Testing of imported horses so they are qualified to race in Britain

A recent disciplinary case has highlighted the rules relating to horses imported from non-exempt countries. These rules are contained in the BHA’s Equine Anti-Doping rules (EADR) which have their own area on the BHA website under the Regulation and Governance tab. From there, click Anti-Doping and Medication Control; then Rules and Guides from the dropdown box.

On the Rules and Guidance page, you will see links to two quite similar documents – Permanent imports, and Permanent Import testing for horses sold at Bloodstock Auctions. These explain that unless a horse has been imported from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Norway or Sweden (known as exempt countries due to having anti-doping policies like Britain’s) it must be tested and return a negative sample before it can race. This is rule (E) 17.5.

While it is the responsible person’s duty to ensure the test is done, justifiable questions arose in the recent disciplinary case about the failures in the racing administration system that allowed the relevant horses to be entered. This issue is being discussed by the NTF and BHA. We are looking for a way to avoid manual checking that is prone to mistakes.

The rules are slightly different for horses not being imported but coming to this country temporarily to run. All runners from exempt countries will still be exposed to testing as per the standard testing policy. The rules go on to say, “All other foreign runners must be in Great Britain (and the BHA notified of their whereabouts) a minimum of 10 business days in advance of their intended race to facilitate post-arrival sampling and analysis, the results of which will be received prior to the horse running.”

Lycetts Team Champion Award presentation at Institute of Directors on 28 February

In a change to last year’s AGM format, the Lycetts Team Champion Award presentation ceremony will begin at 4.00pm at the Institute of Directors following the AGM lunch. To celebrate the winners, there will be a drinks reception after the presentations.

This allows us to use the space in the beautiful Nash Room at the IoD for our members’ meeting and make best use of the staging and audio-visual facilities. The break for lunch enables the IoD staff to change the room layout for the awards.

Congratulations to the yards that reached the shortlist to be a Lycetts Team Champion winner. Yard visits to the following trainers are underway:

40+ horses Fewer than 40 horses
Andrew Balding Nick Alexander
Tom Dascombe Dan Kubler
Warren Greatrex Jedd O’Keeffe
Richard Hughes Richard Phillips

All trainers whose yards have been awarded a star rating under the award system are now on display on the award page on the NTF website here. The 2019 award logos have been produced will be sent to each trainer whose yard earned a rating in the current award year.

NTF Annual General Meeting – Thursday 28th February

The NTF’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 12.00 noon on Thursday 28th February at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED. Afterwards there will be lunch at The Turf Club, two minutes’ walk away at 5 Carlton Terrace.

An important item of business at the AGM will be for the members to decide if the NTF’s Legal Expenses Insurance scheme should continue beyond March 2019. As mentioned in the weekly email of 2nd January, due to the substantial increase in premium we have renewed the policy on an interim basis and will provide you with more information in the coming weeks and an opportunity to register your opinion.

ROA launches racehorse ownership promotion days

The Racehorse Owners Association will be hosting 12 Industry Ownership Days during 2019. The days are intended to recognise existing members and to promote the thrill and accessibility of ownership to potential racehorse owners. For ROA members the Industry Ownership Days will incorporate the popular regional meetings which include lunch and an update from the ROA Chief Executive as well as an opportunity to use the racecourse facility for the day and a well-known racing figure will act as an ownership host.

The first event of 2019 will be held at Fakenham on Thursday January 24 with Mick Fitzgerald assisting the ROA team. For future meetings Retraining of Racehorses will parade horses to showcase their different successes after their racing career.

The ROA will sponsor the entire day’s racecard and members will be invited to take part in the numerous post-race presentations for winners including the ROA Owners Jackpot race which gives a £2,000 bonus to the winning horse if it’s majority-owned by ROA members.

Invitations for the regional meeting and lunch have been posted to owners who live locally; places are on a first-come, first served basis. Free racecourse entry for ROA members on the Industry Ownership Days is available through the ROA website or by calling 0207 152 0200.

Making plans for your EU workers

With Brexit arrangements still in the air, we set out below some guidance on what employers should be thinking about regarding their EU workers and news about the Government EU settlement scheme.

You should consider carrying out an audit of your workforce to understand who is affected by Brexit and include in that audit their family members to ensure that if anyone needs any advice or assistance they know where to go – the Government website at provides detailed information.

In the event of no deal, any employees who do not have formal documents showing their residency who are travelling back to the UK on or after 30th March this year, should take evidence of their qualified status, e.g. their contract of employment.

The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens to apply for settled status once they have completed 5 continuous years in the UK with pre-settled status in other cases.

Applications to the Scheme open on 21st January 2019 to EU citizens and their non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid Biometric residence card; it will be fully open from 30th March 2019. Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will have to apply to it by 30th June 2021 to be allowed to stay in the country, even if they are married to a British citizen.   Adults will need to apply on behalf of their children.

The Government has waived the proposed application fee.

Irish Citizens, those with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) or those born in the UK who have at least one parent with settled status do not need to apply.

Successful applications will be granted either settled or pre-settled status. Settled status will grant the person the same rights to healthcare, education, benefits and pensions as a British citizen – this is open to people who have lived in the UK for five years by the end of 2020.

Pre-settled status is available for someone from an EU country who lives in the UK but has not been here for five years – this allows the person to stay in the UK until they reach five years, when they will need to claim settled status.

To apply under the Settlement Scheme, applicants will need to fill in a form online, via post or a smartphone app (at present this is Android only).

It is unclear what will happen in the event of a no deal Brexit although the Government has said that it will guarantee rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK.

If an employee is applying or intends to apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen, one point of note is that if they apply under the current EEA Permanent Residency scheme, their permanent residency can be backdated to the point at which they completed five years in the UK whereas under the new Settlement Scheme it cannot be backdated.