Swift UAE response to Godolphin scandal

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By Jamie Ryder

Following the surprise doping scandal involving Dubai-owned Godolphin stables in Newmarket, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has moved swiftly in response to the findings of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The disciplinary panel of the BHA held an inquiry on 25 April 2013 into a number of blood samples taken on 9 April 2013 from various horses at the training yard of Mahmood Al Zarooni, a licensed trainer, to determine whether he was guilty of a number of breaches of the Rules of Racing, related to allegations he had illegally treated horses with anabolic steroids.

The panel found Zarooni guilty and banned him with immediate effect for a period of eight years…

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