15 Godolphin horses known to have been given steroids banned for six months
Last Updated: 26/04/13 12:55pm
Certify: Banned from racing for six months
Former 1000 Guineas favourite Certify and 14 other horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni have been suspended from running for six months by the British Horseracing Authority.
Last year's star juvenile was one of 11 horses that tested positive for anabolic steroids following a random BHA test at Al Zarooni's Newmarket stables on April 9.
Al Zarooni admitted administering the drugs in error and named a further four inmates that he had given banned substances to.
All the horses, which also include top stayer Opinion Poll, have had their ban backdated to April 9, the date of their first test.
Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: "The BHA has today informed Godolphin, the owners of the horses in question, that the 15 horses known to have been administered with either Ethylestranol or Stanozolol have been suspended from running in races for a period of six months, with effect from Tuesday 9th April 2013.
"The length of suspension reflects the period beyond which the BHA is confident that the horses in question can have derived no performance related benefit from the administration of these prohibited substances."