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Best horses from around the world, in the final preparation for the most prestigious meeting of all - Royal Ascot. It comes after a scandal this spring, the thought leading trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni banned from injecting horses with anabolic steroids. Performance enhancing drugs are illegal in British racing, but in some countries, sending runners to Ascot, substances like the anti-bleeding agent, LASIKS, are a fact of life(事实).

If we didn't use LASIKS, it would be like Usain Bolt putting starting blocks five meters behind the other guys. You know, I'm not prepared to do that. I'm fighting as hard as anybody in America to change the rules.

I should be able to go racing in any country, and now not only the rules in terms of medication, but even your objections, you know, for interference. Rule should be standed out, in my opinion, throughout the world.

Britain's leading Acorn Vet is the benefited to drugs are clear. But it can never be justified.

They increased aggression. You could argue it might make a horse, you know, keener to race, keener to run. And if they enable it to work harder during training, which they probably do, then you can get it fitter during the training period. I think you have to be a pretty callous(起老茧的;无情的) sort of person, to be prepared to expose your horse to necessary risk for your own ends.

The modern Royal Ascot is an international meeting, with runners from countries with much more liberal rules on the use of drugs. Despite this, the authorities here believe the public can have confidence in every horse that passes the winning post.

Each horse that travels has to send in advance to the British Horse Race Authourity a schedule of what treatment that horse might have received in the previous, quite a long time, before it comes, and then when the horses arrive, they get tested by the British Horse Race Authorrity about that.

So as the attention turns from scandals to runners and riders, British racing is hoping for a week of clean sport, though it may take longer to wash away the troubles of recent months.

Paul Castle, Sky News.
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