'Bad day' for horseracing over doping claims

A prestigious horseracing series has said the British Horseracing Authority's (BHA) decision to suspend Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni shows that the substance testing programme "works".

Mahmood Al Zarooni's Certify to miss the Qipco 1000 Guineas. Credit: PA Wire

Qipco British Championships wrote on their website, after 11 horses including unbeaten filly, Certify tested positive for steroids, and subsequently will not be racing on Saturday.

They said: "It is a bad day for racing, but on the plus side it shows that the BHA testing programme works and that trainers cannot expect to get away with the use of performance-enhancing substances".

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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.