Sheikh Mohammed has been exonerated from any direct involvement in the Godolphin doping scandal, but the controversy is unlikely to go away.
The British Horseracing Authority disqualified his trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years for injecting horses with anabolic steroids, while banned veterinary goods were seized from a flight at Stansted Airport by the UK Border Agency.
An internal inquiry was carried out by Lord Stevens. The investigation found that the seizures resulted from ‘management failings, insufficient oversight and complacency within the organisation,’ but confirmed the BHA findings that Mahmood Al Zarooni acted alone in procuring and transporting drugs to England.
The seized veterinary products are considered safe and not “illegal,” despite being improperly imported.
The quantity of medicines seized at Stansted and Moorley Farm were not considered unusual given the size of the operation, and were a contingency supply, while there was no link between the Al Zarooni case and the seizures.
The investigation has led to recommendations of stronger management, clearer accountability and better internal communication within the equestrian organisation.