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Simon Crisford at the press briefing

Simon Crisford: it will take a long time for Godolphin's reputation to recover

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Al Zarooni has tarnished Godolphin - Crisford

GODOLPHIN racing manager Simon Crisford has admitted that Sheikh Mohammed's world-renowned racing operation will not easily rebuild its reputation following the anabolic steroids scandal heaped on it by former trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

The Classic-winning trainer was on Thursday disqualified for eight years by the BHA's disciplinary panel after he admitted administering prohibited substances to 15 of Sheikh Mohammed's horses.

Speaking to Channel 4, Crisford further tore into the reputation of Al Zarooni, with whom he said Godolphin would never again have an association.

"He has tarnished the Godolphin brand so badly that it's going to take a long time to recover," Crisford added.

"I think we will get there because Sheikh Mohammed is passionate and loves horses and horseracing. He is going to make sure everything is done to make sure the stable is absolutely 100 per cent clean before any horses get transferred to any other trainers."

BHA chief executive Paul Bittar argued on Friday that British racing can hold its head high following this week's events and revealed that previous tests on Godolphin horses had shown nothing untoward.

He told Racing UK: "The scale of the operations of Godolphin, who have 450 horses across two stables in Newmarket, means they will always be a candidate for testing in training and we have done testing in training at Al Zarooni's stable, as well as at Saeed Bin Suroor's stable, and on those occasions we have never had any issues.

"British racing should be really proud that there is zero tolerance here as far as anabolic steroids are concerned. I look to Australia and think it's anomalous that they take such a view of athletes using performance-enhancing drugs but think it's okay to use them on horses."

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