Denis Lynch's horse Latinus is one of four horses sensationally banned from competing in today's Olympic showjumping competition for doping, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has announced.
Three other horses - from Brazil, Germany, and Norway - have also been suspended after testing positive for a prohibited substance. In its statement, the FEI said the four horses had been 'provisionally' suspended by the FEI further to doping/medication control tests that indicated the present of capsaicin in each horse.
Capsaicin is prohibited because of its hyper sensitising properties, and is also a 'medication class A' prohibited substance for its pain relieving properties.
In Athens 2004, Cian O'Connor's individual showjumping gold medal with teh horse Waterford Crystal was later stripped from him for drug offences, while a doping scandal cost Germany the team jumping gold after the horse ridden by Ludger Beerbaum, a key member of the German team in Beijing, was disqualified after testing positive.
World No 1, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, was left off the German team for Athens after her horse tested positive, though she was later cleared.