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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

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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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Newmarket trainer banned for eight years

Godolphin Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arriving at the British Horseracing Authority Headquarters in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Newmarket horseracing trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has been banned from training horses for eight years after horses under his care at the Godolphin stables in Suffolk were tested positive for steroids.

Newmarket doping horses suspended for six months

The racehorses involved up in the Newmarket doping scandal have been suspended from running for six months.

The British Horseracing Authority said the 15 horses in question have been suspended from racing from 9 April, the day they were tested until 9 October.

"The length of suspension reflects the period beyond which the BHA is confident that the horses in question can have derived no performance-related benefit from the administration of these prohibited substances."

– Jamie Stier, British Horseracing Authority

The decision on the horses was made by the BHA itself, rather than the disciplinary panel hearing the inquiry into trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Newmarket trainer at horse doping hearing

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives at the British Horseracing Authority Headquarters in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newmarket racehorse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is appearing at the British Horseracing Authority headquarters to face a disciplinary hearing over doping.

Al Zarooni was surrounded by a media scrum as he entered the building in central London with Simon Crisford, spokesman for the Godolphin operation, but did not speak to waiting reporters.

The trainer was charged after tests on 11 of his horses showed the presence of anabolic steroids.

He could lose his licence as a result of the hearing, in what is one of the most significant doping scandals in recent racing history.

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