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Matthew Lohn chaired hearing into Godolphin Horse Doping Scandal



United Kingdom

Matthew Lohn chairs the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) at a hearing investigating Mahmood Al Zarooni.

On Wednesday 25th April 2013 Matthew Lohn chaired the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) at a hearing to investigating Mahmood Al Zarooni on multiple breaches to the racing code in relation to the doping of 15 horses.

The hearing investigated the following breaches:

  • Rule (C)50 (Prohibited Substances - Strict liability of trainers) and/or Rule (C)55 (Prohibited Substances - Positive test of sample taken at training premises)
  • Rule (C)13 (Duty to keep medication records)
  • Rule (A)30 (Conduct prejudicial to horseracing)

In conclusion, the Disciplinary Panel found Mahmood Al Zarooni guilty of the breaches and issued an 8 year disqualification together with a six month racing restriction placed on the horses in question by the BHA.

BHA Chief Executive Paul Bittar said:

"The relevant Rules in this case are explicit in that the use of anabolic steroids in horses in the care of a licensed trainer is prohibited and that strict liability for everything administered to horses while they are in training lies with the trainer. The BHA’s investigation has established that the substances in question were administered on the instruction of Mahmood Al Zarooni. The full details of this will be formally addressed in the Disciplinary Panel’s findings, to be published in due course and once they are available."

For further information, please contact:

Ibrahim Kamara, PR Manager, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP on 020 7861 4120

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