Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Endurance horses trained at Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai stables involved in doping scandal

Telegraph.co.uk - Full Article

By Pippa Cuckson
11:59PM BST 07 May 2013

More than 20 endurance horses trained in Dubai at stables owned variously by Sheikh Mohammed and other senior members of the Maktoum family have been involved in doping cases before the International Equestrian Federation’s (FEI) disciplinary tribunal since 2005.

According to publicly available archives, 16 of the horses tested positive in competition to natural or manufactured steroids. Four since 2009 have involved stanozolol, the banned substance found in Sheikh Mohammed’s 11 Godolphin racehorses that led to trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni’s eight-year ban by the British Horseracing Authority.

Sheikh Mohammed refused to answer questions relating to doping from television presenter Clare Balding at Newmarket last Saturday, but he had previously pledged a root-and-branch investigation into stable practices at Godolphin’s Newmarket set-up. The FEI tribunal has pre­viously noted that he made a similar undertaking regarding his endurance operations in Dubai when he himself was suspended for six months in 2009, though any evidence of changes brought in as a result was not shown to them...

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