26 Apr 2013

Trainer, horses from Godolphin stable banned

3:11 pm on 26 April 2013

The head trainer for the world's biggest thoroughbred racing stable and 15 of its horses have been handed bans after a doping scandal that has rocked British racing.

The racehorses have been suspended for six months and the trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, has been banned by the British Horseracing Authority for eight years after admitting giving the horses banned drugs.

Earlier this week, Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni admitted giving horses from his stable banned drugs.

The British Horseracing Authority has banned 11 for failing drug tests, plus another four he admitted he'd doped.

In response, Godolphin boss Sheikh Mohammed Al-Makhtoum has locked down his stables.

The monarch of Dubai, who is worth an estimated $18 billion, says he's appalled and angered by the news saying there can be no excuse for any deliberate violation.