HORSE racing does not have a widespread problem with doping despite the presence of steroids in samples taken from Godolphin, one of the sport’s most prestigious operations, according to top trainers.
Mahmood Al Zarooni, trainer for Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohamed-owned Godolphin, faces a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) hearing after banned substances were found in 11 of 45 horses tested at its Newmarket stables.
The horses included unbeaten Certify, who has been withdrawn from next month’s 1,000 Guineas, and Al Zarooni, who has admitted to “a catastrophic mistake”, faces a ban if found guilty by the BHA.
The National Trainers’ Federation (NTF) says it has been shocked, but believes the positive tests to be isolated incidents.
“The NTF is shocked at the news of these positive tests at the stable of Mahmood Al Zarooni,” said chief executive Rupert Arnold.
“The Godolphin management is a byword for the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and sportsmanship. News reports so far suggest this case is an aberration and is not indicative of wider use of anabolic steroids in British horseracing.”