“because the horses involved were not racing at the time…”

22 Apr

That’s a line from Mahmoud al-Zarooni’s statement on today following the news that 11 horses in his care have tested positive for anabolic steriods.

His comments in full below:

Al Zarooni said: “I deeply regret what has happened. I have made a catastrophic error. Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realise that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing. I can only apologise for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally.”

Now elsewhere on the site is Mahmood Al-Zarooni bio

His big break came in 2008/2009 “when H.H. Sheikh Mohammed took him to assist Mubarak bin Shafya at Al Asifa Stables.

He sampled a taste of major triumph when Mubarak bin Shafya saddled a remarkable double at the 2009 Dubai World Cup meeting gaining success with the front-running Gladiatorus in the Group One US$5-million Dubai Duty Free and then with Eastern Anthem who secured a pulsating last-gasp triumph in the Group One US$5-million Dubai Sheema Classic.

Following those victories, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed asked Mahmood Al Zarooni to join the Godolphin team as one of Saeed bin Suroor’s assistants.

He gained valuable knowledge during his first season in Newmarket when the stable posted 148 winners in Britain, enjoyed Classic success thanks to Mastery’s Ladbrokes St Leger victory and captured a Breeders’ Cup race with Vale Of York.

After a further winter with Saeed bin Suroor in Dubai, he was ready to step up and become a Godolphin trainer ahead of the 2010 campaign in Europe and beyond, operating out of his home base at Godolphin Marmoom stables in Dubai, whilst spending his summer at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket.”

As far as I am aware, this is the first winter where horses that have not raced at the Dubai Carnival stayed in Newmarket as per an email confirmation I received from Godolphin. Mahmood Al-Zarooni bleeds Godolphin, so for him to utter the line “because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I did not realise that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing.” leaves you wondering how the Godolphin operation works as a whole.

As for Al-Zarooni’s Big Race Wins:

Shadwell Fillies´ Mile (Group 1) 28Sep12 Certify £92,721
Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (Group 1) 15Sep12 Encke £311,905
Dubai World Cup (Group 1) 31Mar12 Monterosso £3,870,968
Dubai Gold Cup (Group 3) 31Mar12 Opinion Poll £387,097
Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (Group 1) 10Mar12 Capponi £154,839
Shadwell Fillies´ Mile (Group 1) 23Sep11 Lyric Of Light £92,721
Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 18Aug11 Blue Bunting £175,801
Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1) 17Jul11 Blue Bunting £212,500
Prince of Wales´s Stakes (Group 1) 15Jun11 Rewilding £227,080
Qipco 1000 Guineas (Group 1) 1May11 Blue Bunting £213,739
Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) 26Mar11 Rewilding £1,923,077
Premio Gran Criterium (Group 1) 9Oct10 Biondetti £119,469
Deutsches Derby (Group 1) 18Jul10 Buzzword £265,487
Godolphin Mile (Group 2) 27Mar10 Calming Influence £370,370

I don’t think I need to list other big race winners for the boys in blue, I think you get the picture.

“Wintered well in Dubai.” How many times have we heard that line? 503,000 results as per Google.


Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


3 responses to ““because the horses involved were not racing at the time…”

  1. oxo

    April 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    didn’t he they already get done for in race drugging with lyric of light and something else about a year ago…….

    • Daniel Kelly

      April 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm


      The samples taken from MARINER’S CROSS (IRE) and LYRIC OF LIGHT were found to contain propoxyphene, which is a prohibited substance. The analysis of the ‘B’ samples confirmed the original findings. After considering the evidence, including written statements from Mahmood Al Zarooni, the Panel was unable to establish the source of the substance, and could not therefore be satisfied that the administration of the substance was accidental.

      Cards marked, and unannounced visit by the BHA testing team followed. Probably weren’t expecting this though.

  2. franko

    April 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    the american view make it sound like performance inhancing drugs ..or in lyrics case total boil over in the 1000 guineas


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