Godolphin trainer apologises again for doping 'error'

Disqualified Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has reiterated his regret in a written statement issued after the British Horseracing Authority banned him for eight years.

First and foremost, I would like to apologise to his Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, as well as all those involved in Godolphin and the public.

I accept it was my responsibility to be aware of the rules regarding prohibited substances in Britain.

I can only apologise. I have made a catastrophic error.

– Mahmood Al Zarooni

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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.