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Victorian investment in Flemington drug testing laboratory
09 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 
The Victorian Government is making a $1.6 million investment in a world-class drug testing laboratory in Flemington. The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) laboratory takes blood, hair and urine samples from race horses and greyhounds to test for prohibited substances.

The laboratory carries out more than 50,000 tests each year and its equipment is capable of detecting hundreds of different banned substances – including peptides, proteins and cobalt.
The funding will go towards sophisticated new machinery and equipment to ensure Racing Analytical Services laboratory remains at the cutting edge of drug screening in Australia and internationally.

It is one of only five laboratories in the world to meet strict drug testing expertise standards recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The three Victorian racing codes – thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing – have increased their testing by more than 50 per cent over the past three years.

In the 2016-17 thoroughbred racing season, 14,140 samples were analysed for prohibited substances in Victoria and a total of 3,468 blood and urine samples were analysed during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. On average, 50 per cent of the starters across metropolitan race meetings were tested during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival.

The investment will help to protect the integrity of the racing industry which generates more than $2.8 billion for the economy and helps to sustain more than 26,500 full-time jobs.

“RASL is a global leader when it comes to research and drug testing in racing. This funding will help to ensure the laboratory can keep up with emerging trends in international doping,” said Victorian Minister for Racing Martin Pakula.

 
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