Talking Horses: BHA investigates Ladies First’s failed test for beta blocker

  • Filly from Mick Easterby stable returned positive test
  • Beta blockers are potentially a ‘stopping’ drug

The British Horseracing Authority is investigating claims that Ladies First, the beaten favourite for a race at Newcastle on 21 September, returned a positive test for a beta blocker, which is potentially a “stopping” drug.

Ladies First, a four-year-old filly from the Mick Easterby stable, lined up for a one-mile handicap at the all-weather track just 12 days after posting a career-best winning performance in a seven-furlong handicap at York. She was strong in the betting both at the track and on the Betfair betting exchange, being returned at an official SP of 6-4 at the course and an almost identical 2.53 on the exchange.

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