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Mon 29 Apr 2013 04:45 PM

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Second trainer admits doping horses

Newmarket horse trainer Gerard Butler came forward after Godolphin scandal

Second trainer admits doping horses
Dubai-backed Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was handed an eight-year ban when it was revealed he had doped 11 horses

A second Newmarket trainer has admitted giving horses banned anabolic steroids, following revelations Dubai-backed Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni had doped 11 horses.

Gerard Butler said he came forward after the news broke about Goldolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. 

"Over the last few days I have been very uneasy about the Al Zarooni case and felt that I needed to let the general public know what has happened in my yard," Butler told BBC Sport on Monday.

"Now I would like only to concentrate on helping the BHA with their investigation."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) gave Al Zarooni, 37, an eight-year ban on April 25 after 11 horses tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Sheik Mohammed has since announced the closure of Goldophin until he is satisfied the stable meets all criteria.

Butler said he believed more than 100 Newmarket-based horses had been given the same drug – Sungate - which is not banned outside racing in locations including Australia, Dubai and the US.

He believes the medication has been "misunderstood by many others".

Unlike in the Al Zarooni case, Butler said vets had recommended the treatment and he included the injections in his official medical records which were seen and returned by the BHA without comment.

The BHA is yet to comment.

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