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Mahmood Al Zarooni

Mahmood Al Zarooni: will face the disciplinary panel at 2.30pm on Thursday

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Mahmood Al Zarooni to face BHA 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 face a disciplinary panel at the BHA's London offices on Thursday.

Racing was rocked on Monday night by the news that top-class filly Certify, who was a leading contender for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, was among those who tested positive for banned substances ethylestranol and stanozolol, which are not authorised for veterinary use in the UK.

Godolphin trainer Al Zarooni admitted making "a catastrophic error", while Sheikh Mohammed is said to have been appalled by the bombshell.

Al Zarooni, whose big-race wins include the St Leger, Irish Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and Dubai World Cup,  faces multiple charges of breaching the rules of racing which have punishments ranging from fines to a ten-year disqualification.

He also admitted to BHA investigators administering steroids to four other horses - Comitas, Sashiko, Vacationer (all ethylestranol) and Tearless (stanozolol) - and faces another four charges "for breaches of the rules related to medication records and conduct prejudicial to horseracing related to these horses".

Former trainer Howard Johnson received a one-year ban in 2011 for administering anabolic steroids to horses in training, an action that the BHA disciplinary panel concluded "seriously prejudiced the integrity and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain".

Al Zarooni's hearing, in which he will be represented by Gavin Bacon, is due to start at 2.30pm.

 
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