ELEVEN horses have tested positive for banned substances, following a “catastrophic error” made by a trainer for Dubai-owned horseracing stable Godolphin.
Samples were taken on 45 horses under the care of Mahmood Al Zarooni at Moulton Paddocks Stables in Newmarket and 11 were found to contain traces of anabolic steroids.
Al Zarooni, who now faces an inquiry from the British Horseracing Authority, insists he made an honest mistake.
“Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realise that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing,” he said. “I can only apologise for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally. I deeply regret what has happened. I have made a catastrophic error.”
One of the horses who tested positive, Certify, will not be allowed to run in next month’s 1,000 Guineas.
Godolphin manager Simon Crisford said: “We are all shocked by what has happened.”