Farewell to Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Henry Cecil, who's died at the age of 70, was one of the most popular and greatest racehorse trainers of this, or any other, era.

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Newmarket horse-racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died

Newmarket horseracing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died Credit: PA

The Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70.

Sir Henry Cecil was a 10-time champion racehorse trainer.

He was one of British racing’s most famous personalities as well as one of the industry's most respected trainers.

He won 25 British Classics, including the Derby on four occasions and had no fewer than 73 Royal Ascot victories to his name.

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Newmarket trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has withdrawn his appeal against an eight-year disqualification from training, said the British Horseracing Authority.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

Trainer will appeal against suspension

Mahmood Al Zarooni: Will appeal against ban Credit: PA

The trainer at the centre of one of racing's biggest scandals has lodged an appeal against the severity of his eight-year suspension.

The British Horseracing Authority confirmed the appeal had been lodged by Mahmood Al Zarooni today.

Al Zarooni, 37, was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at a BHA hearing two weeks ago.

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

The BHA said the date for the appeal hearing will be confirmed in due course.

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Newmarket trainer says vets sanctioned steroids

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler
Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler Credit: Press Association

A second Newmarket trainer has admitted giving anabolic steroids to his horses.

Gerard Butler follows Mahmood Al Zarooni who was banned for eight years last week for using the drugs on some of his horses.

Mr Butler says horses in his Egerton House Stables were only given the treatment under advice from vets.

It comes on the day drug testing got underway on the remaining 150 horses at Sheikh Mohammed's Moulton Paddocks stable where Al Zarooni had been in charge

All horses at Godolphin stables to be drugs tested

The British Horseracing Authority is due to start full testing of every horse at the Godolphin stables in Newmarket today, following a doping scandal.

Moulton Paddocks is in lockdown while all the horses are tested Credit: PA wire

Mahmood al-Zarooni has admitted giving anabolic steroids to fifteen horses at the Godolphin stables, where he's been principal trainer since 2010. He's been banned from the sport for eight years.

Godolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed has locked down the Moulton Paddocks until the testing is undertaken.

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arriving at the British Horseracing Authority Headquarters in London last week. Credit: PA wire

Godolphin manager 'deeply regrets' hiring doping trainer

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford says he "deeply regrets" the part he played in hiring Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Al Zarooni has been banned for eight years for administering anabolic steroids to 15 of his Newmarket based horses.

Talking to Channel 4 Racing Simon Crisford said a trainer runs the day-to-day management while a racing manager looks after the best interests of the owner.

He said that he couldn't be aware of every single bit of medication that Godolphin horses were getting.

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