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Mahmood al Zarooni arrives at the hearing at the BHA High Holborn 25.4.13 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Mahmood Al Zarooni battles the media scrum at the BHA's offices

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Mahmood Al Zarooni to learn fate on Thursday

MAHMOOD AL ZAROONI, who could lose his licence following the discovery of anabolic steroids in samples taken from 11 of his horses, will learn his punishment on Thursday following his disciplinary hearing.

Al Zarooni, who was accompanied by Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford, arrived in London to face a three-person panel which could ban him for ten years.

The hearing started at 2.30pm and is not expected to last more than two hours.

The streets outside the BHA's headquarters in Holborn were packed with press and photographers keen to cover one of the biggest scandals in British racing.

On Monday news broke that 11 horses trained by Al Zarooni, including Certify who was a leading contender for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, had tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Al Zarooni, who began training for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in 2010, admitted administering ethylestranol to seven horses and stanozolol to a further four.

The trainer, whose big-race wins include the St Leger, Irish Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and Dubai World Cup, also admitted to administering the substances, which are not authorised for veterinary use in the UK, to four other horses although those have not been tested by the BHA.

However, he was still charged with failing to keep proper medication records and breaches related to conduct prejudicial to horseracing.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is appalled and angered by the bombshell, has locked down Al Zarooni's Newmarket stable and promised no horse will run from the yard until blood tests have been taken and he is assured the yard is "completely clean".

 
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