NTF responds to BHA announcement of a review of anti-doping rules


25 January 2018

National Trainers Federation responds to BHA announcement of a review of anti-doping rules

Yesterday evening the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a full review of the sport’s equine anti-doping rules.

In the aftermath of the result in the Hughie Morrison case, the NTF called for a review of aspects of these regulations so we welcome the BHA’s announcement and look forward to playing a constructive role.

NTF Chief Executive Rupert Arnold commented, “We would like to take this opportunity to clarify and confirm that the NTF supports the principle of strict liability in equine anti-doping cases and we have not challenged it in recent cases. Our contention has been that the rules should not fetter the Disciplinary Panel in its duty to impose appropriate penalties in the light of the specific evidence in each case. This is what the Appeal Board confirmed in its decision on the BHA’s appeal of the Philip Hobbs case.”


The National Trainers Federation represents the interests of British licensed racehorse trainers.

For more information, please contact Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, on 01488 71794 or 07899 797010. E-mail: r.arnold@racehorsetrainers.org

For more information on the National Trainers Federation, please go to www.racehorsetrainers.org