Arc de Triomphe: Trainer Aidan O'Brien forced to withdraw all four Arc runners due to contaminated feed

THERE was shock across the racing world on Saturday night as Aidan O'Brien announced the withdrawal of ALL FOUR of his Arc runners.

A batch of contaminated horse feed means Japan, Mogul, Serpentine and Sovereign will miss the big race as they have provided positive samples for a banned substance.


Get 40/1 Enable to win the Arc with Betfair


18+ T&Cs apply

T&Cs: New customer offer, max stake £1, all winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/PayPal count, Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C's Apply. 18+

Confirming the stunning news on Twitter, the official Ballydoyle Racing account said all O'Brien-trained runners, and those trained by his sons Joseph and Donnacha, would be scratched from Sunday's meeting.

The horse feed company 'Gain' released a statement on Friday to warn trainers that a recent batch was contaminated and horses could provide positive samples to the banned substance Zilpaterol.

Subsequent urine tests of the Ballydoyle horses have come back positive, so in order to 'protect the integrity of the sport', the decision has been made to scratch them from the card.

John Gosden uses a different feed so hot Arc favourite and hat-trick hopeful Enable is in the clear.

Gain Equine Nutrition said in Friday's release: "Until further investigations are completed, Gain customers are advised to refrain from feeding our equine products to their animals.

"The contaminant, Zilpaterol, is a synthetic beta-agonist approved for use as a performance-enhancer in some beef production systems outside of the EU.

"It is important to stress that this synthetic substance has never formed part of any formulation in any of our animal nutrition ranges."

O'Brien was also due to be represented by St Mark's Basilica, Mother Earth, Laburnum and Lope Y Fernandez at tomorrow's prestigious meeting, but they will all be scratched.

French racing body France Galop have confirmed that five horses have already tested for the banned substance in recent weeks, so several locally-trained runners may yet be effected.

There has been a huge shake-up in the Arc betting as a result, with Enable now 4-5 (from 5-4) to win her third Arc with Paddy Power ahead of stablemate Stradivarius (5-1 from 7-1).

Betfair have announced they will be refunding antepost bets on all of the horses effected.


Source: Read Full Article