04/26/2013 12:57PM

All Al Zarooni-trained horses to be tested after Godolphin positives


The British Horseracing Authority will test all horses formerly trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, who was banned for eight years on Thursday after 11 horses in his care for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing tested positive for banned anabolic steroids earlier this month at a stable in Newmarket, England.

In a statement released on Thursday, the racing authority’s chief executive, Paul Bittar, said that further interviews will be done with Godolphin staff regarding the positives, which were found during testing for out-of-competition testing.

“The BHA will itself consider the wider issues raised by this matter, and we will seek to ascertain and collate all other relevant information, including, when necessary, interviewing other employees or contractors of Godolphin,” Bittar said.

Godolphin officials have not stated who will replace Al Zarooni.

Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, said that none of the horses from Al Zarooni’s stable would be allowed to start until precautionary drug tests were completed.

The suspension was announced after Al Zarooni appeared before a disciplinary hearing at the racing authority’s headquarters in London. After the hearing, Godolphin released a statement in which Al Zarooni said the administration of the steroids was “a catastrophic error.”

On the same day, the racing authority announced that 15 of Al Zarooni’s horses were suspended from racing until early October. The horses included the 11 who tested positive for the banned anabolic steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol on April 9, and four others Al Zarooni had told officials were given the same medication.

Al Zarooni, 37, was charged with multiple breaches of rules related to liability of trainers regarding prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to horse racing.

Al Zarooni, an Emirati, had risen in prominence in the Godolphin operation in recent years, highlighted by a win in the 2012 Dubai World Cup with Monterosso.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
what a difference 8 year suspension to be served immediately and every horses in the barn to be tested not only that but the horses are not allowed to compete until October. And the trainer immediately fessed up and apologized....and the horses where tested not after the race but before they were even entered to run...great job British racing...they also recently dismantled a betting ring kicked out a couple of jockeys and criminal indictment's were handed out...when was the last time any jockeys were under investigation here?.maybe 20 years ago we must have the most honest jocks in the world (sarcasm)...compare what happened to al zarooni and our trainers first nobody does pre race random testing or the trainers and owners would have a conniption..2nd after they test positive they deny any knowledge of how the banned substance got into the horses system even though they have been caught multiple times. If caught with the syringe in hand they still deny. They then threaten to sue if given a harsh penalty and appeal ad nauseum ...the horses are transferred to a relative a spouse or girlfriend or the assistant trainer for a few weeks while the trainer goes on vacation with his ill gotten betting gains and purse % winnings...the public well they just get screwed.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Mr. Crisford, Racing Manager for Godolphin had this to say: In an interview April 26 with Channel 4 Racing, Crisford was asked about his role in the management of the stable. "I think we have to be very clear about this situation," Crisford told Channel 4 Racing. "A trainer is a licensed individual and it is his duty to take professional care of the horses in his stable. He runs the day-to-day management; my job is to look after the best interests of the owner. I simply cannot be aware of every single bit of medication that every horse in Godolphin is getting. "I've been told to clear the mess up, and that's what I'm going to do," Crisford added later in the TV interview. "And if when the mess is cleared up, if Sheikh Mohammed is dissatisfied with anything that I've done, then he'll make that known pretty quickly." Crisford expressed deep regrets at having recommended Al Zarooni for a position with Godolphin. "(It) shows a remarkable lack of judgment on my part to recommend him to Sheikh Mohammed, which I did do," Crisford told Channel 4 Racing. "When (Al Zarooni's) horses failed the tests for painkillers last year, we sat down with him and told him he had to keep his records maintained in a much more efficient manner. "I had lengthy conversations with him about that but I'm afraid he's betrayed the trust we put in him and he's let everybody down, not only Godolphin but the British public, too," Crisford said. Crisford said Godolphin will have nothing more to do with Al Zarooni and has no sympathy for his plight.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
To the rest of the horse owners around the world: THAT is how it's done! Good bye and good riddance to Al Zarooni. Now let us hope that the rest of the world racing jurisdictions uphold the BHA ban, as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Crisford is also sacked from Godolphin in the very near future.
Vicki Dwight More than 1 year ago
Once again, I am shocked, shocked to see that doping is going on here!! Round up all the usual suspects!!
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Just a thought in Austrailia these drugs are okay to use.