Godolphin trainer 'advised to appeal' doping ban

Suspended Mahmood Al Zarooni hints he may fight eight-year ban for administering steroids to horses
Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel in High Holborn in London, England. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 02 May 2013 08:33 AM

Suspended Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni claims he has been "advised to appeal" against his eight-year ban.

Last week, Al Zarooni received the punishment for administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at stables in Newmarket in the UK.

Although he also waived the right of legal representation during the hearing, Al Zarooni wrote on his personal Facebook page: "I have been advised to appeal the case, what are your opinions?"

He was officially charged with rule breaches related to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to racing.

The trainer admitted to all of the breaches of the rules and apologised to the British Horseracing Authority for his actions.

Al Zarooni personally brought anabolic steroids into Britain from Dubai to administer to racehorses, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Tuesday in a written explanation of his ban for doping.

The BHA accused the employee of Dubai ruler and Godolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of a "deliberate flouting" of the rules and a "widespread systematic misuse of illegal substances".

It said he had also handed the drugs to unqualified staff at the stables in Newmarket, the headquarters of British flat racing, to administer them.

Al Zarooni, who recognised he had made a catastrophic error, claimed that he had not realised what he was doing was not allowed in Britain, where anti-doping rules are strict.

In other countries, such as Australia and Dubai, the use of anabolic steroids is permitted out of competition.

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