Newmarket trainer hit with ban

Newmarket racehorse trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from the sport until 2018 after admitting giving some of his horses an anabolic steroid.

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler banned for five years

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler.
Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler. Credit: PA

Newmarket racehorse trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from the sport until 2018 after admitting giving some of his horses an anabolic steroid.

Butler told a disciplinary hearing that he had treated some of his horses with a substance that contained the steroid under the advice of his vet.

But he later admitted seven charges and has been disqualified by the British Horse Racing Authority.