Doping of Horses

Last updated 29 June 2020


‘Doping’ refers to the illegal administering of banned substances to racehorses to improve their racing performance71. Though some random tests are performed by stewards, doping persists as an issue within the thoroughbred racing industry72. Unregistered veterinary substances are included in the ban if they are not properly labelled or supplied to trainers73.

Some trainers use drugs that mask pain, which puts horses at a high risk of further injury74.

In June 2020, after a state-wide investigation, thirteen Queensland horse trainers were charged for allegedly procuring banned substances75. Read more about the charges and trainers involved here.