Another piece of the doping scandal that has rocked racing and the Godolphin organisation was fitted into the jigsaw today when disgraced trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni announced he would not, after all, appeal against the length of his disqualification.
Immediately after he was banned for eight years for administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses (later found to be 22) in his care at Moulton Paddocks stables, he planned to appeal, but the British Horseracing Authority said this morning that Al Zarooni’s solicitors had contacted them to say this would not now be the case.
The BHA tweeted: "BHA has received notice from the solicitors of Mahmood Al Zarooni that he has withdrawn his appeal regarding his eight-year disqualification."
Along with the charges about the use of steroids, Al Zarooni also admitted breaches of the duty to keep medication records and conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing. His behaviour, according to the British Horseracing Authority, showed a "widespread systematic misuse of illegal substances".
Sheikh Mohammed, the driving force behind Godolphin remains “appalled and angered” by what happened, and Al Zarooni is so much persona non grata, that the organisation has so far declined to publish news of the withdrawal of his appeal on their website. He is to be wiped from the records as far as that is possible.
A month Godolphin would have wished never happened is now drawing to a close, and they will hope for positive news next month. It isn’t just Dawn that Approach(es) in the Derby on 1 June.