Bookmakers refunding over £1m in Godolphin scandal

Bookmakers refunding over £1m in Godolphin scandal

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Totally Gaming

Leading UK bookmakers are set to refund over £1m worth of bets after it emerged 11 horses at the horseracing giant Godolphin stables at Newmarket had tested positive for steroids. Ladbrokes announced yesterday that it had refunded £200,000 of ante post stakes on horses in the care of trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni following what it called 'exceptional circumstances', with rival William Hill also following suit.

Irish betting firm Paddy Power said that they would refund 'at the very least' customers who had backed Certify for the 1000 Guineas with Coral also promising payments.

Trainer Al Zarooni said that he had made a “catastrophic error” after a random drugs test uncovered widespread anabolic steroid use at the stables, owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum

Al-Maktoum said on Monday that the doping scandal was a 'dark day' for the team and it was carrying out an urgent review. Godolphin was founded in 1992 and has recorded over 2,000 wins - including 200 Group One victories - in 14 countries.


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