Black Caviar never given steroids, says trainer Peter Moody

Black Caviar

Retired Australian mare Black Caviar has never been given steroids, says trainer Peter Moody.

Last week, the Godolphin doping scandal resulted in trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni being suspended for eight years.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has called for global conformity in doping law, as Australian regulations permit steroid use out of competition.

Asked if Black Caviar, now retired after 25 races unbeaten, ever received steroids, Moody said: "Nil."

He told Sydney's Daily Telegraph: "Steroids increase bulk.

"Black Caviar was a huge mare, from the day she was born. It would have been absolutely counter-productive."

After Al Zarooni was banned, Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler faces a BHA inquiry having admitted giving racehorses banned steroids.

Anabolic steroids are banned in British horse racing but allowed out of competition in countries including Australia, Dubai and the United States.

The six-year-old Black Caviar was tested prior to winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.

The BHA said: "There is no evidence to suggest that horses trained from outside Britain competing in this country have done so with the benefit of anabolic steroids."

All visiting trainers are required to disclose treatments to the BHA when horses arrive in the country, and the Australian rule is that steroids must not be present in the horse's system on race day.

Moody said Black Caviar was tested 24 hours after she arrived in Britain and three days before her narrow Ascot victory.

"There was nothing in her system," he said.

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