It’s late, I’m tired, I’m tweeting about doping…again, I’m bleeding followers, I need Lasix.
Lasix in UK is banned substance, in the US it is not. In one country I’ve broken the rules, in another I’m playing within them. If I had used Lasix in the US, and raced in the UK later date no bother. If I had used Lasix in the UK…big bother.
So what has this got to do with Sheikh Mohammed…everything.
Sheikh Mohammed released a “strongly worded” statement today regarding the Godolphin Doping Scandal:
“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.”
Reminder of Mahmood Al Zarooni’s statement:
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.
Again, we go back to the terminology used by MAZ in his statement: “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.
So why the importance of that line. Well we’ve seen in the fallout articles online in Australia stating drugs that MAZ horses have tested positive for are legal in AUS when out of competition. As pointed out by Geoffrey Riddle here http://www.thenational.ae/sport/horse-racing/anabolic-steroids-permitted-in-uae-to-aid-horses-recovery-from-colic-or-serious-fractures#ixzz2RQI1xjyW
“In Australia, the rules of racing are exactly the same as they are in the UAE”
In short, if Mahmood Al Zarooni had carried out his doping programme in Dubai, shipped them back into the UK, he would not have been in breach of any rules, Joe Public would be none the wiser and Sheikh Mohammed would not need to bring ethics to the table.
So, maybe before Sheikh Mohammed starts slagging off one of his appointed trainers, he should get his own house, well Emirates Racing Authority, in order first and then his appointed trainers would know where they stand.