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Godolphin's racing manager quits for new role

LONDON (Reuters) - Simon Crisford has resigned as racing manager of the Godolphin stable and will take a new role as Sheikh Mohammed's global racing advisor, he was quoted as saying on Monday. The 51-year-old's departure comes after a report published this month that was critical of Godolphin and other parts of Sheikh Mohammed's equine operations.

Racing: Six-month ban for doped Godolphin horses - BHA

British racing's governing body on Thursday banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years for his role in a doping scandal that has rocked the sport. Al Zarooni, 37, was given the punishment after a disciplinary hearing, at the BHA headquarters in London, revealed 11 of the horses he trained for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stable had tested positive for anabolic steroids. "Mahmood Al Zarooni has been disqualified for eight years following today's Disciplinary Panel hearing," a BHA statement on Twitter read.

Racing: Godolphin trainer gets eight-year ban - BHA

British racing's governing body on Thursday banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years for his role in a doping scandal that has rocked the sport. Al Zarooni, 37, was given the punishment after a disciplinary hearing, at the BHA headquarters in London, revealed 11 of the horses he trained for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stable had tested positive for anabolic steroids. "Mahmood Al Zarooni has been disqualified for eight years following today's Disciplinary Panel hearing," a BHA statement on Twitter read.

Trainer Al Zarooni gets eight-year ban for doping horses

By Justin Palmer LONDON (Reuters) - Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was disqualified for eight years by the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday for doping racehorses in a scandal that has caused serious embarrassment to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Racing: Six-month ban for doped Godolphin horses - BHA

British racing's governing body on Thursday handed six-month bans to 15 horses owned and trained by the leading Godolphin stable in connection with a doping scandal that has rocked the sport. The bans mean that the 11 horses that tested positive for anabolic steroids, including former 1,000 Guineas favourite Certify, and four others that were not tested but who were administered the drugs, are ineligible to compete until October 9.

Racing: 'Angry' Sheikh Mohammed orders Godolphin lockdown

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Wednesday spoke of his anger at the doping scandal engulfing his Newmarket-based Godolphin stable which he has put in lockdown. Sheikh Mohammed's racing empire was rocked to the roots on Monday when it emerged that 11 horses at Mahmood Al Zarooni's classic-winning yard had tested positive for anabolic steroids. Al Zarooni has admitted to "a catastrophic mistake" and the 37-year-old faces a lengthy ban when he appears before a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary hearing on Thursday.

Dubai ruler to close stable after steroid scandal

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Godolphin are to close the Newmarket stable of trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni while dope tests are carried out on all racehorses in his care after 11 tested positive for steroids, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said on Wednesday. "There can be no excuse for any deliberate violation," Sheikh Mohammed, also Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Analysis - Godolphin's boys in blue under a black cloud

By Justin Palmer LONDON (Reuters) - The royal blue silks of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stables have become synonymous with two decades of elite racing success but the reputation of the Dubai ruler's global operation has come under a doping cloud. Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, who last year won the world's richest horse race - the Dubai World Cup - could lose his licence after admitting using banned steroids to dope thoroughbred horses in Britain.

Godolphin admits "catastrophic error" in doping

By Ossian Shine LONDON (Reuters) - A trainer for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's horses has admitted to a "catastrophic error" in using banned steroids to dope horses at the Dubai ruler's Godolphin racing stable. Eleven horses tested positive for steroids, including stanozolol - the performance-enhancing drug used by disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Racing: Godolphin endures 'dark day' after dope tests

The powerful racing outfit Godolphin Operation was under a cloud on Monday after it was revealed 11 of their horses had tested positive for anabolic steroids. Godolphin, the brainchild of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, said that it was a dark day for the team and an urgent review would be carried out. All 11 horses who tested positive came from Mahmood Al Zarooni's yard in Newmarket, England.
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