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Sheikh Mohammed Appalled by Scandal

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On the Godolphin website, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum made an official statement on the doping scandal that rocked the racing world this week....


"I was appalled and angered to learn that one of our stables in Newmarket has violated Godolphin's ethical standards and the rules of British racing. 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. There can be no excuse for any deliberate violation. Godolphin is fully cooperating with the British Horseracing Authority to get to the bottom of this matter and take any appropriate disciplinary action. I have ordered the Godolphin management to undertake an immediate review of our internal procedures and controls to ensure to prevent any reoccurrence of this type of activity in any stables of mine. We will be locking down the Moulton Paddocks stables with immediate effect, and I have instructed that I want a full round of blood samples, and dope testing done on every single horse on that premises. I can assure the racing public that no horse will run from that yard this season until I have been absolutely assured by my team that the entire yard is completely clean. I have worked hard to ensure that Godolphin deserves its reputation for integrity and sportsmanship, and I have reiterated to all Godolphin employees that I will not tolerate this type of behaviour." 


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Interesting comment ILuvTurfRacing. I was wondering how hands on the Sheikh was with his horses. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, the owner that is not the trainer. Will be interested to see what transpires in the investigation. Needless to say one horse may be an accident, but so many....?
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  • On The Gallop's · It could simply be that Al Zarooni is a bum of a trainer and to stay at the top level he cheated to keep his horses winning or competitive. I never liked him as a trainer. · 944 days ago
  • On The Gallop's · The amount of money world wide that HRH spends I doubt he would want his horses doped to win, and his reputation tarnished... · 944 days ago
Yeah they new what they were doing. Give me a br.eak
Sheikh Mohammed's "I'm shocked & appalled statement carries about as much weight to me as Mahmood Al Zarooni's statement that he didn't realize he was doing anything illegal. I don't buy either comment for a second. Sheikh Mohammed's always been a very "hands on" owner with his horses. No way he wasn't aware on some level that his horses were being doped, IMO.
No surprise that Al Zarooni is history. I doubt Sheikh Bin Rashid al Maktoum suffers fools gladly and certainly not ones that have publicly embarrassed him.
Ben Jacobs ‏@JacobsBen 8h Sports Talk has been told Godolphin will sack Mahmood Al Zarooni irrespective of the BHA outcome.
This really is very odd. This stable has never been known for shady behaviour, at least to my knowledge, so this must be a very difficult time for the owner.

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