Al Zarooni to fight 8-year ban

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The disgraced former head trainer for Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni has appealed against the length of his eight-year ban handed out by the British Horseracing Authority.

Al Zarooni admitted giving prohibited anabolic steroids to a total of 15 horses in his stable and he was banned following a disciplinary hearing three days after the scandal.

A date has not yet been set for an appeal, but this should be forthcoming in the next few days.

In the findings of the disciplinary panel, published on April 30th, Al Zarooni was accused of "deliberate flouting" of the rules and the "widespread systematic misuse of illegal substances".

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght told the news provider the decision to appeal has come as a "major surprise".

He added: "The general feeling was that after his ban Al Zarooni would vanish from view having admitted being the most notorious drugs cheat in modern racing history."


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