The British Horseracing Authority depicted and dismissed Mahmood al-Zarooni as such a flagrant aberration that he could barely be sane

Chris McGrath: As long as horses have vets, and vets have syringes, zero tolerance has zero credibility

Mahmood al-Zarooni himself would not have been in breach of the rules in Australia, home of a series of powerfully built Royal Ascot raiders in recent seasons

The British Horseracing Authority are to quiz Gerard Butler over his steroid injections

British Horseracing Authority to quiz Gerard Butler's vet over steroid injections

Trainer believes 100 Newmarket horses may have been treated with the same drug

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler has admitted his error to the BHA

Second Newmarket trainer is facing ban for injecting steroids

Gerard Butler says more than 100 horses across the town’s stables have received treatment on vets’ advice

Trainer: Over 100 horses have been given steroids

Gerard Butler claims that Newmarket vets recommended Sungate for joint injuries

Winning Habit: Tony McCoy, with his daughter Eve, holds the jockey’s trophy at Sandown

Double standards on use of steroids

Australia's stance on drugs a world away from here as sport struggles to put scandal behind it

Departing ... Godolphin’s Simon Crisford (left) and Frankie Dettori

James Lawton: The Godolphin verdict feels far
too neat, swift and conclusive

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Horse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives to face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel

15 horses suspended following BHA hearing over doping scandal

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni  was charged by the BHA after tests on some of his horses showed the presence of anabolic steroids

Owner Sheikh Mohammed is severely embarrassed that some of his top horses are involved

Sheikh Mohammed furious over doping scandal as Newmarket stable is locked down

Trainer will stand before a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday afternoon

Hot Snap and Toronado roll back the years for Cecil and Hannon

Old masters show off new talent with leading fancies for Newmarket Classics and the Derby
Paolo Di Canio celebrates during Sunderland's victory over Newcastle in the Premier League at St James' Park

Alan Pardew condemns crowd trouble following Newcastle's defeat to Sunderland

Supporters clashed in the city centre after the game

Black Caviar (left) and Frankel

Will Black Caviar and Frankel be mated to produce a 'super horse'?

Black Caviar has retired after 25 consecutive victories - but there are no guarantees any foals the mare produces will replicate her achievements

Man who tried to punch police horse claims he loves animals

A self-proclaimed “animal lover” has admitted to being the person  that caused outrage and amusement in equal measure when he was captured on camera attempting to punch a police horse in Newcastle last Sunday.

French trainer André Fabre runs Intello at Newmarket today

Morpheus and Co stir Flat from slumber

Never mind that Menorah and Hunt Ball meet at Cheltenham today; or that the National winner is to be boldly returned to the fray at Ayr on Saturday; or even if Sprinter Sacre himself tops the bill at Punchestown next week. Always and unmistakably, Newmarket's first card of the season marks the formal transfer of centre stage from jump to Flat racing.

French beef products contain most horsemeat

One in every eight beef products tested in France were found to contain horse by a European-wide investigation into mislabelled meat.

Ladbrokes bitten by Cheltenham favourites and big freeze

Bookmaker Ladbrokes took a pasting at the Cheltenham festival last month, and with 62 days of other race meetings lost to the freezing weather in the first quarter it warned profits this year will be at the lower end of forecasts.

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