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Newmarket trainer withdraws appeal against ban

Mahmood Al Zarooni Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Newmarket trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has withdrawn his appeal against an eight-year disqualification from training, said the British Horseracing Authority.

Al Zarooni, 37, was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at a BHA hearing on April 25.

The former Godolphin handler was officially charged with rule breaches related to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to racing.

Al Zarooni stated on May 7 he will contest the severity of the suspension, but the BHA said it received notice from his solicitors that he will no longer be appealing.