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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.

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Godolphin 'shocked' by horse doping allegations

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford has said he is "shocked", after 11 horses from the Godolphin stable tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Mr Crisford said: "This is a dark day for Godolphin. We are all shocked by what has happened".

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford holds the winner's trophy during the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. Credit: Reuters/Victor Fraile

"His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was absolutely appalled when he was told and this is completely unacceptable to him. We will await the outcome of the BHA inquiry before taking any further internal action", added Mr Crisford.

"Sheikh Mohammed has instructed me to begin an urgent review of all of our procedures and controls. That is already under way and we will take advice from the BHA in completing it."

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