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Newmarket: Godolphin’s Mahmood Al Zarooni set for British Horseracing Authority hearing over horse steroid samples

PUBLISHED: 16:11 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:11 23 April 2013

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni at York Racecourse. Photo credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni at York Racecourse. Photo credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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CLASSIC-winning Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing after samples taken from 11 horses in his care in Newmarket were found to contain traces of anabolic steroids.

Al Zarooni, who won the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster last year with Encke, as well as the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup, with Monterosso, has trained a whole host of big-race winners since joining Sheikh Mohammed’s operation and told the Godolphin website he had made a “catastrophic error”.

He said on www.godolphin.com: “I deeply regret what has happened. I have made a catastrophic error.

“Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realise that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing. I can only apologise for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally.”


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