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
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