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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

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Six-month bans for Al Zarooni horses

THE 15 horses Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has admitted doping with anabolic steroids have been banned from racing for six months.

The BHA has yet to reveal Al Zarooni's punishment.

Seven horses tested positive for ethylestranol - Desert Blossom, Certify, Fair Hill, Ghostflower, Orkney Island, Sweet Rose and Valley Of Queens.

Artigiano, Bathrat Amal, Opinion Poll and Restraint Of Trade tested positive for stanozolol, while Al Zarooni admitted administering substances to Comitas, Sashiko, Vacationer and Tearless.

Jamie Stier, the BHA's director of raceday operations and regulation  said: "The BHA has today informed Godolphin, the owners of the horses in question, that the 15 horses known to have been administered with either ethylestranol or stanozolol have been suspended from running in races for a period of six months, with effect from April 9, 2013.

"The length of suspension reflects the period beyond which the BHA is confident that the horses in question can have derived no performance related benefit from the administration of these prohibited substances."

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