Ascot reports referred to BHA

Officials at the British Horseracing Authority have played down the fact three employees of trainers were found to have substances described as "unallowable" or "allowable but without permission" in the stable block at Ascot on Champions Day.

Employees of Francois Rohaut, Hugo Palmer and Jean-Claude Rouget, together with the trainers themselves, were interviewed by the stewards following a report by the Equine Welfare and Integrity Officer.

Stewards' reports said Rohaut's and Palmer's employees brought "an unallowable substance into the stables and also an allowable substance but without permission of the veterinary officer", while Rouget's staff member had "an allowable substance but without the permission of the veterinary officer".

BHA media spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "Of the substances, three are electrolytes which are permitted in the stables but they just failed to clear it beforehand, while the other substance is permitted in training but just not on a raceday."

All the horses involved, Signs Of Blessing, Architecture, Galileo Gold, and Almanzor – winner of the Champion Stakes – were routine tested.

Having heard all the evidence the stewards referred the matter to the BHA.

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