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Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni will be out of the sport for the foreseeable future.

Mahmood Al Zarooni
Mahmood Al Zarooni
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THE GODOLPHIN TRAINER Mahmood Al Zarooni has been banned for eight years by the British Horse Racing Authority after admitting doping charges.

Al Zarooni, whose race wins include the 1000 Guineas and Dubai World Cup, admitted to administering 11 horses with anabolic steroids.

The horses which tested positive have amassed £1.31 million in prize money during their careers, but they and four others have been banned from competing for six months.

A BHA statement read: “On April 9 representatives of the BHA visited the yard of Mahmood Al Zarooni and took samples from 45 horses as part of our testing in training sampling programme. The BHA’s investigation has established that the substances in question were administered on the instruction of Mahmood Al Zarooni.

“We believe that the eight-year disqualification issued to Mahmood Al Zarooni by the Disciplinary Panel, together with the six-month racing restriction placed on the horses in question by the BHA, will serve to reassure the public, and the sport’s participants, that use of performance-enhancing substances in British Racing will not be tolerated.

“The next objective for BHA is to take the necessary steps to ensure that overall confidence in the integrity of the sport is not at risk.”

The Godolphin stable, one of the most successful in world racing, is owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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