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No plans to interview Dubai ruler, says UK racing watchdog

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al-Zarooni has been banned for eight years after admitting doping charges

No plans to interview Dubai ruler, says UK racing watchdog
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. (AFP/Getty Images)

The British Horse Racing Association (BHA) said it has no plans to interview Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum over the doping scandal surrounding his Godolphin stable.

Writing in the UK’s the Daily Telegraph, the CEO of Britain’s racing regulator Paul Bittar said that the BHA would still be seeking talks with Godolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed.

"We are not planning to interview Sheikh Mohammed at this stage," he wrote.

Mahmood al-Zarooni, a trainer at UK-based Godolphin, received an eight-year ban from the sport on Thursday after admitting to ordering the administering of steroids to 15 of his 200 horses. All of them are now subject to a six-month ban from running.

Officials from the BHA will start further work on Monday on the rigorous testing of horses at Al Zarooni's yard in Newmarket.

Sheikh Mohammed, who founded Godolphin in 1992, said that he was “appalled” following the discovery.

"We will meet with him to understand his plans for [Al Zarooni's] yard... [Sheikh Mohammed] and Godolphin's Racing Manager have been as co-operative as they could have been," added Bittar.

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