A zero-tolerance post-sale blood test for anabolic steroids will be an option offered to buyers at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale, taking place in Queensland, Australia, in January.
In accordance with the Australian Racing Board’s introduction of new Australian Rules of Racing banning the use of anabolic steroids in Thoroughbred racehorses, the sales company will be the first in Australia offering purchasers of racing stock (horses not being sold as breeding stock) the option to request a screening for their presence.
Under Magic Millions’ conditions of sale, should the blood sample prove positive the purchase will automatically be canceled, and neither the consignor nor the buyer will have a claim against the other nor the selling agent nor the sales company.
Rules forbidding the use of anabolic steroids in Thoroughbred racehorses in Australia became effective May 1, 2014. The rules ban the use of "anabolic androgenic steroids" in Thoroughbred horses at any time from birth until retirement. There are no therapeutic exemptions of any kind. The ban applies to all unregistered and registered racehorses until their retirement as a racehorse.