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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