British trainer banned for doping horses

A British trainer who administered anabolic steroids to horses

in his care has been banned for five years.

Gerard Butler was handed the punishment on Wednesday following a

British Horseracing Authority hearing that considered seven

breaches of racing rules.

Butler, who is based in Newmarket, admitted to giving four

horses a substance that contained the anabolic steroid stanozolol,

which is designed for use in humans and involves using a method

that should only be carried out by qualified veterinary

surgeons.

The BHA says Butler’s actions ”were 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 British horse

racing.

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