“We only talk about this” at the La Teste-de-Buch racecourse, where the romance began.

On Tuesday, under the leadership of JIRS magistrates of Bordeaux (Specialized Inter-Regional Jurisdiction), an extensive police operation was launched in several regions of France, Italy and Spain in the case of doping in the racing environment. The police searched…

On Tuesday, under the leadership of JIRS magistrates of Bordeaux (Specialized Inter-Regional Jurisdiction), an extensive police operation was launched in several regions of France, Italy and Spain in the case of doping in the racing environment. The police raided the Sagara stable, the tenant of the La Teste training center. Three people were arrested there, including Luc Gaber, the coach and team leader.

“My clients are arguing”

Sources close to the case corroborate Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France that the horse owner, who recently became a trainer, is one of three people charged on Thursday with “doping in horses, organized gang fraud, participation in the criminal community and illegal veterinary practice. The second person is his son Baudouin Gaber, who works alongside him, and the third is the Mont-de-Marsan coach, Jean-Laurent D. All three enjoy the benefit of the doubt. They were placed under judicial control with a ban on visiting hippodromes and engaging in any activity related to horses.

“It’s too early to draw conclusions from this case,” warns Mr.and Jean Gontier, who stands up for Luc Gaber and his son. My clients vehemently deny cheating or doping their horses. To my knowledge, none of their horses have tested positive for doping. We must not forget that the rules are very complex. A lawyer from Bordeaux intends to appeal against the judicial control of his clients, “absolutely disproportionate.”

This Friday, the presentations before the investigating judge continued, warrants were issued to bring five more people detained in other regions. Others are to follow, investigations “led to the issuance of several investigative decisions in Spain, Italy and Malta, as well as the issuance of two European arrest warrants that led to the arrest of targeted individuals in Spain and Italy,” Bordeaux prosecutor Frederic clarified on Thursday evening. Portree.

you fall off your chair

In La Teste, everyone falls off their chairs: “Of course, we are only talking about this,” we say in the aisles and are surprised, very surprised. “The business started here. In June 2020, information reached the “run and play” group of the Judicial Police Zonal Directorate (JPJU) of the South West. Mention is made of deliveries of parcels allegedly containing doping to the stable of this Gironde hippodrome.

An investigation is open. It quickly turns out that other regions are concerned. The Central Service for Horse Racing and Games of the General Directorate of the Judicial Police (CSCC) enters the case. “Researchers are pulling threads, following racing professionals who know each other, using the same methods, such as ordering certain products, using veterinarians who are able to provide or dose these products to horses, trainers who distribute products. Pharmacists are involved, as well as veterinarians or even heads of companies close to the pharmaceutical sector in Italy, Spain and France,” we slip into the DCPJ.

“I didn’t even know there was a doping report in 2020,” says an astounded Jacques Le Dantec, president of the La Teste de Buch equestrian society. We are a hippodrome and training center that provides buildings and race tracks. We have the Association Act of 1901, and we rent out to professional trainers. We have a landlord-tenant relationship. When they rent, they are at home, just like any other tenant. We don’t need to go in there or do checks. »

The stable of the Gaber Sagara family, headquartered in Karkan (33), has been visiting the training center of the hippodrome for two years now. She takes care of thirty horses. “It’s a pretty big team,” testifies Jacques Le Dantec, who had winners in Auteuil. This is a high level. At the moment, his horses are prohibited from racing.

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