Horse racing rocked by doping scandal

Doping scandal hits racing

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has been charged with multiple offences relating to the doping of Godolphin stable racehorses, with 11 horses in total involved in the case.

Al Zarooni admitted he had made "a catastrophic mistake", but insisted that administrating the substances had been an error, rather than an attempt to cheat. Stable manager Simon Crisford called the arrest "a dark day" for the stables, adding "We are all shocked by what has happened".

A statement on Godolphin's website said: "Al Zarooni has admitted that he was responsible for the administration of the prohibited substances."

The scandal is particularly shocking as the horses involved have collected more than $2m (£1.31m) in total prize money. Amongst these horses is the unbeaten Certify, who will now be banned from taking part in next month's 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. The full list of Godolphin trained horses involved includes:

  • Desert Blossom
  • Certify
  • Fair Hill
  • Ghostflower
  • Orkney Island
  • Sweet Rose
  • Valley Of Queens
  • Artigiano
  • Bathrat Amal
  • Opinion Poll
  • Restraint Of Trade

The most successful of these horses is by far Opinion Poll, having collected over half of the total prize money of all those involved in the scandal. The future of these horses in the racing world is unclear, with more information on bans and punishments expected to emerge in the coming months as this earth shattering scandal is further investigated.

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