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ORAC
28th Feb 2006, 11:39
Grauniad: Horses given Viagra to make them go faster at illegal races

Two vets and a pharmacist were among 24 people arrested by police in Naples yesterday over claims that they fed Viagra to horses running in illegal races to make them go faster. The arrests were part of a wider investigation into clandestine racing and betting in southern Italy. Police said horseowners and jockeys had also been arrested during the latest raids.

Prosecutors in Naples have been trying to stamp out illegal horse racing, which takes place on public racecourses after hours and attracts hundreds of gamblers. Stolen horses are often used. Some are fed powdered Viagra or other stimulants to improve their performances.....
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I suppose the aim is to make them come first.... :E

BlueDiamond
28th Feb 2006, 11:43
How the hell could they possibly run fast with a ...

Never mind ... :(

Taildragger55
28th Feb 2006, 11:56
Talk about winning by a length....
Hat, coat, boots, saddle, door

airship
28th Feb 2006, 11:59
Must hurt jumping fences...

bar fly
28th Feb 2006, 12:54
should be easy to clear them with an extra leg.

My Dad's Little Boy
28th Feb 2006, 12:58
I suppose that they could pole-vault:}

fernytickles
28th Feb 2006, 12:59
Maybe they run the races in the same manner as greyhound racing, except they use a plastic filly instead of a rabbit?

ORAC
28th Feb 2006, 13:00
Gives them a head start.... :}

WhatsaLizad?
28th Feb 2006, 13:22
Sounds like a business opportunity to me.


We could get top dollar from those seeking the ultimate experience as to how it really feels to be an airline pilot in the world today.

Collect the money, dress them up in a cute horse costume, then lock them in the stall with the winner of the Naples Derby :eek:

We could even double our money if we subsituted the real horse with another client seeking the "ultimate experience" as an airline CEO :E

B Fraser
28th Feb 2006, 13:44
There's a stud farm along the road from me. They give the stallions a pill about half an hour before introducing the mare. The owner won't tell me what's in the pills but I know they taste of peppermint. ;)

RiskyRossco
28th Feb 2006, 13:51
S'pose they'll be tossing off their jockeys next. . .

I know. . . I know. . . coat. . hat. .
:rolleyes:

BelfastChild
3rd Mar 2006, 01:59
Apparently a version of Viagra has been released for females - it's called Niagara......