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Butler banned from training horses in B for 5-years in British doping scandal

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British Horse racing Authority has handed trainer Gerard Butler a five-year suspension after 9 horses in his barn that tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol (used to treat knee ailments) after being given Sungate, as well as Rexogin.

Butler is the second trainer to be banned this year by the BHA for doping horses.Former Godolphin stables trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, was banned 8 eight years after being found guilty of administering anabolic steroids at his stables in Newmarket (see http://www.examiner.com/article/dubai-doping-scandal-deepens

"BHA's position, which was upheld by the Disciplinary Panel, was that the most serious charges related to Gerard Butler's gross failure to look after the best interests of four horses in his care, which amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of the sport,” stated Adam Brickell, Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk for the racing authority. “The actions of Butler represented 'an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care and amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horse racing in Great Britain'."

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