Racing: Scotland Yard on doping case

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The Jockey Club yesterday confirmed that Scotland Yard is involved in the investigation into the alleged doping of two horses in the spring.

Their inquiries centre on the Josh Gifford-trained Lively Knight and Avanti Express, trained by Charles Egerton, who both tested positive after running lacklustre races in defeat. Both horses tested positive to a drug believed to be the tranquilliser acetylpromazine.

Christopher Foster, executive director of the Jockey Club, said: "Evidence of criminal activity was revealed and as a result the matter was passed to the police some months ago."