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7 horses test positive for steroids, say British horseracing officials

7 more horses test positive for steroids, including the 2012 St Leger winner Encke. Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned from horse racing after 11 horses in his stable tested positive for steroids.


Dubai ruller Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum expressed his displeasure over the doping of his horses by trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

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British horse racing authorities have found that seven more horses in the stable of trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni have tested positive for steroids.

Last month, Zarooni was given an eight-year ban from British horse racing after 11 of the horses under his training had been doped with anabolic steroids.

Among the horses testing positive in the latest group were the 2012 St Leger winner Encke. The seven horses, which are all based at Moulton Paddocks in Newcastle, England, are Encke, Energizer, Genius Beast, Improvisation, Stamford, Steeler and Zip Top.

Zarooni is currently appealing his ban.

Last month, when Zarooni's doping practices became public, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said, "There can be no excuse for any deliberate violation." Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, made the comments in a statement sent to Reuters.

"I have been involved in British horse racing for 30 years and have deep respect for its traditions and rules. I built my country based on the same solid principles," said Sheikh Mohammed, adding he was appalled and angered about the case.

Last month, 11 Godolphin horses based at Newmarket in southern England tested positive for steroids, including stanozolol - the substance used by disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.


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