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Racing rocked by drugs scandal: Eleven horses test positive for steroids at stable owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed
Dubai sheikh 'appalled' by drugs discovery at top racing stable
Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni's career is in serious doubt after drugs found
Stable owned by ruler of Dubai banned from 1000 Guineas next month
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Scandal: 2012 St Leger winner Encke was trained by Al Zarooni
SHEIKH IS A LEADING FIGURE IN INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING
Sheikh Mohammed is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.
He is also the constitutional monarch of Dubai.
The 63-year-old is also a major figure in international horse racing and breeding.
His passion for horse racing in this country began in 1981 when he purchased Gainsborough Stud near Newbury in Berkshire.
He also owns Ballysheehan Stud in County Tipperary in Ireland and Gainsborough Farms Inc in Kentucky, U.S.
His horses have won many leading races in the UK, including some of the classics.
In 2008 he bought the Woodlands Stud empire for more than $460 million.
His family is estimated to be worth $4 billion.
Al Zarooni and Saeed bin Suroor train for Godolphin in Britain but the former had seemed the favoured trainer with Sheik Mohammed since being handed a role in 2010.
Last year he won the Dubai World Cup with Monterosso and the St Leger with Encke.
The drugs breaches involve ethylestranol, the substance found in Certify, and stanozolol.
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.’
When jumps trainer Howard Johnson was banned for four years in 2010, one year was a result of positive steroid tests.
None of the Al Zarooni horses to test positive can currently run.
His stable was subject to a random test on April 9.
No date has been set for the hearing.
Dubai leader wins at the Meydan races
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