The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) just decided to ban Regumate supposedly because it was found to “contain trace levels of anabolic steroids trenbolone and/or trendione”. The BHA notified trainers of this issue in an email warning distributed on September 21, 2018.
Brant Dunshea, the Chief Regulatory Officer for BHA, told trainers that BHA analyzed multiple samples of Regumate and confirmed that it did indeed contain prohibited anabolic steroids.
“Following news from Australia that samples of altrenogest – in the form of the ‘Regumate Equine’ product – were found to contain trace levels of the anabolic steroids trenbolone and/or trendione,” Dunshea wrote, “we informed British-based trainers to be cautious if using the product in racing thoroughbreds and that the BHA was undertaking further work to gain an understanding of the implications of this issue within Europe.”
This revelation made it obvious that the people at BHA are a bunch of idiots. Or BHA was embarrassingly trying to cover up the existence a loophole that allowed trainers to legally give horses a powerful anabolic steroid in circumvention of anti-doping rules.
Regumate is not merely contaminated with anabolic steroids. Regumate does not simply contain traces of anabolic steroids as the BHA contends. The indisputable fact of the matter is that the primary active ingredient in Regumate – altrenogest – is an extremely powerful anabolic steroid itself.
Every performance athlete who has any knowledge of anabolic steroids is familiar with Trenbolone. Trenbolone is widely-known as one of the most potent and powerful steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. Well, Regumate (altrenogest) is an orally-active derivative of trenbolone.
Regumate (altrenogest) belongs to a class of hormones derived from 19-nortestosterones (nandrolones). Both trenbolone and altrenogest are synthetic estrane derivatives of 19-nortestosterone. Trenbolone is a non-17α-alkylated derivative of nandrolone and altrenogest is 17α-alkylated derivative of trenbolone.
Regumate (altrenogest) is also known by its chemical synonyms allyl-trenbolone and allyl-trienolone. So, forget about the BHA’s assertion that Regumate merely contained traces of a powerful anabolic steroids. The main ingredient was a powerful anabolic steroid to which regulators were ignorantly oblivious.
The BHA may argue that it could not have known that Regumate was a powerful steroid because the medication was widely marketed and used as a type of female hormone known as a progestin. As such, it was administered as a hormonal birth control and fertility medication for mares. But this argument falls short when you realize that many of the most powerful anabolic steroids are also progestins.
Keep in mind that Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate), Trenbolone, and Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) are all progestagenic synthetic estrane steroids and anabolic steroids. You may recall that THG is the famous designer steroid created by chemist Patrick Arnold and marketed by Victor Conte (BALCO) to athletes like Barry Bonds and Dwain Chambers.
It should also be noted that researchers have long known that altrenogest was one of the most potent activators (agonists) of the androgen receptor ever created. The androgen receptor potency of altrenogest exceeded that of methyltrienolone (metribolone). This was no secret. Underground steroid experts such as Patrick Arnold and William Llewellyn have previously called methyltrienolone one of the “most powerful” steroids ever synthesized.
There is no doubt that a lot of smart horse trainers were aware that Regumate was an amazing performance-enhancing anabolic steroid that they could legally use. Australian trainer Peter Moody was one of them.
Moody was the trainer of the famed Australian thoroughbred racehorse “Black Cavier”. The undefeated Black Cavier is considered by many to be the best sprinter in recent history. And Black Cavier “lived on” Regumate.
“All of my better mares were on it,” Moody said.
Regumate likely contributed to the success of many Australian racehorses over the past 20 years according to Moody.
The Regumate loophole is now officially closed. But not before a lot of mice outsmarted the cat for a very long time.
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— ROAP (@RacingOfficials) September 21, 2018