Al Zarooni To Appeal Against Doping Ban
Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has lodged an appeal against an eight year ban for injecting fifteen horses with prohibited anabolic steroids.
Al Zarooni is appealing against the length of the ban but it is not yet clear on what grounds considering he admitted to the use of a banned substance.
“The appeal is against the severity of the penalty of eight years disqualification imposed on Mr. al-Zarooni by the disciplinary panel at the hearing,” The British Horseracing Authority said in a statement.
”The date for the appeal hearing will be confirmed in due course.”
Al Zarooni decision to appeal is no expected to be looked on favorably by head of the Godolphin Sheikh Mohammed, who expressed his shock and anger at the trainer when the doping scandal first came to light, and the racing operation was extremely quick to distance themselves from the appeal.
“He is no longer a Godolphin employee and the appeal is a matter between himself and the BHA,” a Godolphin spokesperson said.
“Godolphin has no involvement with this appeal.”
Sheikh Mohammed is yet to make a decision on who will take over Al Zarooni’s training duties and his former stable of almost 200 horses, including former 1000 Guineas favourite Certify, has been locked down until further notice.
The scandal engulfing Godolphin has taken attention away from the brilliant 2000 Guineas victory of their star colt Dawn Approach who will now be aimed towards the Epsom Derby on June 1st.
Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford said the New Approach colt has potential to be even better over the longer trip of the Derby.
“His temperament and demeanor are excellent and he relaxes in his races which means he has a better chance of seeing out the mile and a half,” Crisford said.
Dawn Approach is the clear favourite in the Epsom Derby betting market at Bet365 and is currently available at odds of 5/2.
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