£200k worth of bets returned over horse doping claims

Bookmakers Ladbrokes said it has taken the decision to return £200,000 worth of bets after horses trained by Godolphin's Mahmood Al Zarooni tested positive for steroids. Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said:

Certify was one of the most popular ante post horses of the season. She was the big race favourite all winter but given the circumstances we feel it's only fair customers get their money back.

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Horse trainer to appeal ban

The trainer at the centre of one of racing's biggest scandals has lodged an appeal against the severity of his eight-year suspension. Mahmood Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care.