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Tributes to racing legend Sir Henry Cecil

The racing world is mourning the loss of one of its-all time greats, the trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who's died of cancer at the age of 70.

His career at Newmarket spanned more than 40 years; his list of achievements is remarkable. He trained 25 classic winners and coached the legendary Frankel to 14 straight wins.

But to those who knew him he was far more than a list of achievements, he's been described as one of the most loved people in the sport.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sport Correspondent Donovan Blake in Newmarket:

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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.

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Newmarket trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has withdrawn his appeal against an eight-year disqualification from training, said the British Horseracing Authority.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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More questions for Newmarket's racing industry

Newmarket's racing industry is facing more questions after trainer Gerard Butler admitted using steroids on horses at his stables.

He says it was only done under advice from vets. He also says that more than 100 horses across the town's stables may have been given the same drug.

ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson reports.

Newmarket trainer says vets sanctioned steroids

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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