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  • Godolphin trainer cops eight-year ban

    Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford spoke of “a terrible day for British racing” after trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was disqualified for eight years after admitting administering anabolic steroids to horses in his care. Al Zarooni said he had made a “catastrophic error” in using the banned drugs on a number […]

  • Mirsaale passes English Derby Trial test

    Mirsaale may well have booked his place in the field for the world’s most famous Flat race after landing the English Derby Trial at Epsom. The Trial offers wildcard entry into the Derby itself for any winning colt, not that it matters to Mirsaale, who had already been entered in […]

  • Godolphin trainer banned for eight years

    British racing’s governing body on Thursday banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years for his role in a doping scandal that has rocked the sport. Al Zarooni, 37, was given the punishment after a disciplinary hearing, at the BHA headquarters in London, revealed 11 of the horses he trained […]

  • Godolphin horses banned by doping inquiry

    British racing’s governing body on Thursday handed six-month bans to 15 horses owned and trained by the leading Godolphin stable in connection with a doping scandal that has rocked the sport. The bans mean that the 11 horses that tested positive for anabolic steroids, including former 1,000 Guineas favourite Certify, […]

  • Godolphin trainer fronts doping inquiry

    Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is attending a disciplinary hearing at British racing’s governing body over doping allegations that have rocked the sport. The 37-year-old was met by a crowd of photographers and television cameras outside the British Horseracing Authority’s offices in central London on Thursday but said nothing to waiting […]

  • Jubilee unlikely for Moonlight Cloud

    Moonlight Cloud is likely to be campaigned predominantly over a mile this season making another bid for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot unlikely. Freddie Head’s mare nearly caused a huge shock at Royal Ascot last year when she closed to within an head of the recently-retired Black Caviar. While […]

  • Angry Sheikh orders Godolphin lockdown

    Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has spoken of his anger at the doping scandal engulfing his Newmarket-based Godolphin stable, which he has put in lockdown. Sheikh Mohammed’s racing empire was rocked to the roots on Monday when it emerged that 11 horses at Mahmood Al Zarooni’s classic-winning […]

  • Tommy Berry to ride in Group One in Hong Kong

    Tommy Berry will be straight back into Group One action just hours after he leaves Sydney on Saturday to take up a contract in Hong Kong. Berry has picked up the ride on the John Moore-trained Military Attack in the QEII Cup at Sunday’s Sha Tin meeting. The 22-year-old has […]

  • Sprinter Sacre completes jumps treble

    Sprinter Sacre has extended his unbeaten record over fences to 10 with victory in the Champion Chase at Punchestown. Trainer Nicky Henderson admitted Sprinter Sacre needed to dig deeper into his reserves than ever before to add the Irish race to his recent Grade One victories at Cheltenham and Aintree. […]

  • Godolphin horses test positive to steroids

    Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni faces the loss of his licence after admitting to treating horses in his care at Newmarket with anabolic steroids in a major embarrassment for Sheikh Mohammed’s operation. The trainer will front a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary panel hearing after samples taken from 11 horses […]