British Horseracing Authority confirms Gerard Butler has been charged for steroid use

Trainer Gerard Butler has been charged by the British Horseracing Authority over his use of the drug Sungate, which contains a banned anabolic steroid.

He admitted to being subject to a BHA investigation concerning the joint treatment, which was developed by an Italian company and contains stanozolol.

While it is legal to use the drug in Britain when it is imported under licence, the active ingredient is a prohibited substance in racing.

Butler admitted in a newspaper interview that several horses in his stable were treated for joint injuries after receiving assurances from a veterinary practice, and he entered this into his official medical records.