Intrusion in the equestrian world: how does it work?

Last Sunday, Auteuil was the setting of a new feat. Not in the hippodrome of district 16 but on the Roland Garros where Rafael Nadal won his 22nd Grand Slam title, an absolute record. A feat of authentication quickly turned to suspicion. Affected in his left foot by Müller-Weiss syndrome, Mallorcan admitted after his 14th win at Roland-Garros that he had resorted to intrusive measures. If they are controversial, then these intrusions are regulatory. What about the equestrian world? We will explain everything to you.

Intrusion for horses? It’s not banned, but…

In the sprint racing code, annex 10, it is stated that “No horse may participate in an event covered by this code if it has been treated with an intra-articular injection of a glucocorticoid within the 14 days preceding the said event.“Therefore no entry ban, just don’t proceed 14 days before the race. There is another case as explained. Arnaud DuluardThe head of the provincial Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Tract: “We know that people do injectables other than corticosteroids, which are more biologic (hyaluronic acid, IRAP, PRP, ACT, stem cells, etc.). Veterinarians call it regenerative. However, we still needed a rule at the beginning of the year, we made the decision not to inject any substance into the joint after committing.“In the gallop, the only aspect that has changed is that the further use of biologics is prohibited for eight days before the race and not after committing as in the sprint. “Above all, we want to protect the horse. It’s a position of principle. From an animal health point of view, we cannot accept that it was compromised right before the race. A running horse must be in perfect health”Arnaud Duluard affirmed.

The control is done by sampling before and after the race. But especially in training where the veterinarian is responsible for prescribing and examining. In total, more than 500 facilities and 1,200 horses are inspected each year. If a horse fails to comply, the penalty is disqualification and a fine of 1000 euros, as was the case with Cleangame inside Grand Prix Centerin Lyon Parilly. He was disqualified after being hacked 12 days before the race.

Keys cannot be tampered with

For jockeys, Benoit MassonThe medical advisor to France Galop is very clear:Glucocorticoids are one of the banned substances for runners. It is considered an injured jockey unable to participate in the races. No entry is allowed. Cortisone covers wounds that have not yet been consolidated, that have not yet fully healed. It’s a profession where you have to be at 100% of your ability. They put themselves at risk, but they also endanger other players. They are like Formula 1 drivers, they must have the utmost attention. “

An argument supported by the galloping racing code, addendum 11, which highlights all prohibited products intended for racehorses, “All drugs that affect the driver’s alertness and their health are prohibited. If someone uses an invasive substance or a prohibited product, we’ll see it in the urine when we collect the sample.” continued Dr. Le Masson. This regulation has been in place since July 1995 with its own list, completely independent of the Ministry of Sports. While Nadal could compete for a 14th title at Roland-Garros in penetration, the horse racing world has therefore chosen to be cautious with this type of training.

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