The Elective Test

The Elective Test

To assist trainers in complying with the Rules of Racing, the GBGB is pleased to offer all licensed trainers the option of an elective test for a number of named substances. GBGB has negotiated with its appointed laboratory, LGC Ltd, to ensure the elective test is as affordable as possible and available to all trainers. In the recent past, a number of greyhounds have tested positive for substances that, whilst prohibited, can remain in a greyhound’s system for some time. In some cases it has been claimed that the substance had been administered to the greyhound before entering the trainer’s kennel.

Whilst the GBGB Disciplinary Committee has often been sympathetic to those circumstances, it must be recognised that the Rules of Racing impose strict liability and trainers are responsible for ensuring that all greyhounds in their care are free from prohibited substances prior to being entered or participating in a trial or race.

The GBGB is pleased to offer all licensed trainers the option of an elective test for the following named substances:

  • Boldenone
  • Fluoxymesterone
  • Nandrolone (e.g. Laurabolin)
  • Trenbolone
  • Methyltestosterone (e.g. Orandrone)
  • Stanozolol (e.g. Winstrol)
  • Norgesterol
  • Ethisterone
  • Ethylestrenol (e.g. Nandoral)
  • Methylprednisolone (an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid)
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dorzolamide

The results and cost of the Elective Test relate only to a targeted steroid screening analysis for the above named steroids and apply only to the single sample received. If there are other substances present these will NOT be reported.

The cost of a test will be £83 plus VAT, to include a sample kit that will be provided by GBGB to the trainer and the cost of postage of the sample to the laboratory. Payment must be made in full to GBGB by cheque or credit/debit card prior to the sample kit being dispatched to the trainer.

The trainer will be provided with a Certificate of Analysis directly from LGC by post and email (if supplied), normally within 14 days of receipt of the sample at LGC.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of this Elective Test option should contact the Registry Department at the GBGB on 020 7822 0926.