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GODOLPHIN HORSE DOPING CHARGES

Wednesday April 24th, 2013
GODOLPHIN HORSE DOPING CHARGES

Mahmood A Zarooni, the trainer at the centre of possibly the biggest doping scandal in the history of horseracing is to face charges. Eleven of his horses stabled in Newmarket were found to have traces of anabolic steroids in blood samples.

The 37-year-old is also charged with failing to keep medication records and with conduct prejudicial to the sport. He will appear before the BHA disciplinary panel on 25 April and faces losing his license as a trainer. The Godolphin trainer has stated he made a ‘catastrophic error’ and that because the horses were not racing at the time he ‘did not realise what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing.’

Dubai ruler, Sheik Mohammed who owns the racing organisation Godolphin is said to be ‘appalled’ by the case.

According to the BHA, Al Zarooni has admitted administering another four horses with banned substances ethylestranol and stanozolol. Leading contender for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, Certify is amongst the horses that were tested positive and has been withdrawn from the race. UK bookies have said they will refund bets that have been placed on horses trained by Al Zarooni.
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