Eleven Godolphin racehorses test positive for steroids in UK

Belonging to Dubai Sheikh Al Maktoum. Trainer admits to error

23 April, 16:03

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 23 - A trainer at one of the UK's top racing stables has admitted to doping after eleven horses under his care tested positive for anabolic steroids, the Godolphin stables owned by Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made known on their website on Tuesday.

    ''Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realize that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing. I can only apologize for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally'', trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni said in a statement. The discovery cast doubt on the Godolphin stables, named after a breed of horses from Yemen: the horses found positive have won prizes worth more than 2 million pounds sterling. Among them is Certify, winner of 254,829 pounds so far. The horse has now been withdrawn from the 1,000 Guineas race at Newmarket in May.

    Zarooni, who joined Sheikh Maktoum's operation three years ago, admitted to ''catastrophic error''. ''This is a dark day for Godolphin. We are all in shock over what happened'', Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford told the BBC.

    Al Zarooni will now have to attend a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary inquiry. The Sheikh himself, who brings the horses from Newmarket to Dubai every winter, is reportedly appalled. (ANSAmed).

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