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Sheikh Mohammed’s Equine Operation ‘Must Not Be Above the Law’ in Recent Scandals

The recent news that “thousands of pounds worth” of unlicensed veterinary products had been seized by British authorities from a Dubai Royal Air Wing jet is the latest in a series of drug scandals that have involved Sheikh Mohammed’s equine operations this year. Earlier this year, Mahmood al Zarooni, one of Godolphin’s trainers, was banned […]

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BHA Officials Complete Sungate Investigation, No New Charges Filed

The British Horseracing Authority announced on Aug. 7 that it had concluded its investigation into the use of Sungate and that no charges would be brought against the trainers that had used the product. According to a report by BBC Sport, the investigation identified 43 horses across nine different yards that had been administered Sungate, a […]

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Al Zarooni Suspended Eight Years; Godolphin Horses Banned for Six Months

Godolphin trainer Mahmood al Zarooni was banned from horse racing for eight years by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority. On Monday it was announced that 11 horses trained by Al Zarooni had tested positive for two banned anabolic steroids. Al Zarooni was accompanied to Thursday’s disciplinary meeting by Godolphin’s racing manager, Simon […]

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Al Zarooni to Face BHA Disciplinary Panel Thursday

Godolphin trainer Mahmood al Zarooni is scheduled to face a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday in London. The hearing was set after 11 horses under Al Zarooni’s care tested positive for anabolic steroids. According to Britain’s Sky Sports, the 37-year-old trainer has officially been charged with “rule breaches related to prohibited […]

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BHA Appoints Harman as Next Chairman

Steve Harman, a highly experienced executive in the oil and gas industry, has today been confirmed as the next Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the sport’s governing and regulatory body. Harman, 56 and currently a Vice President in Shell, will succeed Paul Roy and take up the role in July 2013 following an […]

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Veterinary chief to leave post with British Horseracing Authority

Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare at the British Horseracing Authority, will leave his position next year as part of chief executive Paul Bittar’s ongoing restructure at the organization, it was reported by the Racing Post on Monday. Morris joined the BHA in 2008, and will depart at the end of January. Morris […]

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BHA publishes 2013 British race fixtures list

The British Horse Racing Authority published their 2013 fixture list on Monday, with 1,464 fixtures set to be staged in England next season. The total number of fixtures will be up from 2012, to 1,464 (from 1,456). The total is comprised of 890 flat races and 574 jump fixtures. Paul Bittar, chief executive of the […]

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Changes to Grand National announced by BHA

Aintree Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announced a package of considered changes to the John Smith’s Grand National. The measures include moving the position of the Grand National start and a selection of other modifications including fence design, landing areas and further investment in irrigation to be implemented ahead of the 2013 […]

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New BHA chief Bittar is ‘open minded’ about whip rules

Paul Bittar, who will move from a senior post with Racing Victoria in his native Australia to become chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Jan. 17, said the sport’s revised whip rules will be in place when he takes office, but he is prepared to change them again if he deems such […]

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PJA calls on jockeys to avert strike

Britain’s Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) called on jockeys Friday night to carry on riding as normal, in the hopes of avoiding a strike over controversial new whip rules. Leading riders Frankie Dettori and Tonhy McCoy will send strong messages to their colleagues that a riding strike would be counterproductive. Jockey reportedly planned to strike next […]

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