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Saturday 18 November 2017

Butler waits on hearing date for medication charges

Gerard Butler poses at Newmarket racecourse
Gerard Butler poses at Newmarket racecourse

A date has not yet been set for Gerard Butler's hearing at the British Horseracing Authority over charges of administering a medication containing banned anabolic steroids to some of his horses.

The Newmarket trainer publicly revealed in the aftermath of the Mahmood Al Zarooni case that a number of his horses had tested positive after being being given Sungate, a joint treatment which contains Stanozolol.


Butler said he had used Sungate on veterinary advice and believed that many other horses in Newmarket had been given similar treatment.


However, Butler had administered some of it himself, without veterinary supervision. If found guilty, he could face anything from a fine to a 10-year ban.


A BHA statement said: "Following the announcement of charges against Gerard Butler on Friday June 7, all of the relevant papers together with the case summary have been provided to Butler and his legal advisors.


"The BHA is now waiting to hear back from them before seeking to agree a timetable and a date for the hearing before the disciplinary panel."


Concerning the BHA's general inquiry into Sungate, the statement said: "The investigation into the extent of the use of the veterinary product 'Sungate' by other licensed trainers is nearing completion.


"Upon completion, the trainers interviewed as part of the investigation will be informed of the findings before any public announcement is made."

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