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Eighth horse caught in morphine test; racing.

THE number of horses from the stables already caught up in the morphine controversy has risen to eight, said the British Horseracing Authority, with the completion of an initial stage of inquiry suggesting contaminated feed as the source of the positives.

Seven horses had been reported to have tested positive for the banned substance, the highest profile of which being Estimate, but that figure has now grown. A statement issued by the BHA read: "Further to the already reported seven samples testing positive for morphine, BHA can confirm an additional finding from within one of the yards that has already produced a positive.

"Once the outstanding 'B' sample analysis is complete, BHA will be able to confirm the identities of all the horses whose samples returned positive results."

Sir Michael Stoute confirmed that Estimate and stablemate Russian Realm had shown traces of the drug, while Tony Carroll, Eve Johnson Houghton, Gay Kelleway and Charlie Hills have also said they train horses which had returned positives.

The BHA said that, with the exception of one case, the circumstances of the positive samples were very similar and "point to the source of the positive test being contaminated horse feed".

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 12, 2014
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