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The familiar scene of horses out training in Newmarket, the home of British racing, which has today been rocked by its biggest ever doping scandal. The Godolphin stable is considered by many to be New Market’s most prestigious brand. But following sport test by the British horse racing authority, its trainer has admitted giving 11 horses steroids.

“I was absolutely stunned when I heard the news of Mahmood Al Zarooni. 11 of his horses positive. I can understand, well I can understand 1 or 2, but I can’t understand 11. This is a guy, he trains some of the best horses in the world, including one of the famous, the 1000 Guineas, now will not be allowed to run.”

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai, Godolphin is legendary. His horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was celebrated in the industry. In March last year, his horse Monterosso won the world’s richest race -- the Dubai Cup. Now questions will be raised over his methods.

“People are gonna be rising question marks and pointing fingers at every single one of Al Zarooni’s big race victories. That’s what happens unfortunately when the things go on. And you know, and this is absolutely crazy to risk being caught of administering anabolic steroids to the horses. I mean this is the one thing you do not do.”

Suspicions were raised last year when two Godolphin horses Mariner’s Cross and Lyric of Light tested positive for painkillers after racing.”

Al Zarooni was fined 1,000 pounds for that breach, but 12 months later, the British horse racing authority decided to do sport checks here at the Stables. Of 45 horse, 11 tested positive for banned steroids.

“What pissed me in this case, they are being given for performance enhancement, and that really means that they are used in training, during training either as a paste given by mouth or tablets given by mouth, or as injection into the muscle. And that has the effect of enabling the horse to put on an increase muscle mass in game, muscle strengthen during training.”

But Al Zarooni claims that because the horses were resting not racing, he didn’t realize he was in breach of the rules. One trainer says he could understand that.

“I worked as a mayor for a number of years. As in the system you could use sort of steroids, sort of like, stuff like X, to pick him up, you can run on them as well.”

Trainer Al Zarooni now faces a disciplinary inquiry and a possible life ban. Godolphin is conducting a review of its procedures. And on another wise glorious day racing right into another storm.

Jason Ferrel, Sky News.
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