Banned Trainer Al Zarooni Seeking ‘Pardon’ From British Horseracing Authority

by | 08.10.2019 | 12:34pm
Mahmood Al Zarooni

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority, according to, to drop the remainder of his eight-year ban for anabolic steroids. The ban was handed down in April of 2013 after 11 horses in his care tested positive for the steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol.

“The past six years have been very tough on me and my family,” Al Zarooni said. “I would be grateful to the BHA if they grant me a pardon.”

A former assistant trainer to Saeed bin Suroor, Al Zarooni was given a second string for Godolphin in 2010. Al Zarooni said that his use of steroids was therapeutic rather than “a plan to cheat,” and that he will follow the rules if returned to good standing.

“I think I was made an example of. I thought my ban would be a maximum of three years,” said Al Zarooni.


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