Godolphin trainer Al Zarooni ‘unthruthful’

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Banned Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was "not being truthful" in giving his version of events that led up to 15 horses being administered with anabolic steroids, according to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

Mr Al Zarooni claimed that he didn't know he was breaking rules on banned substances by giving these horses the injection.

A total of eleven horses trained by Al Zarooni tested positive for anabolic steroids and he admitted doping a further four at the hearing last week.

Godolphin is one the largest racing operations in the world, led by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The BHA bans any use of anabolic steroids, but they are permitted out of competition in a number of other countries including Dubai and Australia.

"Al Zarooni's assertion at the hearing that he did not know that such administration was not permitted in the UK was simply not truthful," the BHA report stated.

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