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Air Of Glory earns Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks first win since steroid scandal

Saeed bin Suroor saddles Air Of Glory to victory in the 12-furlong maiden at Lingfield, writes Geoffrey Riddle.

Air Of Glory, centre, ridden by jockey Mickael Barzalona, pulled out a win at Lingfield on Tuesday. PA
Air Of Glory, centre, ridden by jockey Mickael Barzalona, pulled out a win at Lingfield on Tuesday. PA

Saeed bin Suroor wasted little time getting Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks stable back on track when he sent out Air Of Glory to victory from the formerly locked down facility at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Air Of Glory won a 12-furlong maiden as Moulton Paddock's first representative since being closed on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

Moulton Paddocks was shut down by Godolphin's founder after 11 horses in the care of trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni were found to have been administered anabolic steroids, which are banned under the rules of British racing.

After the British Horseracing Authority had tested all of Bin Suroor's horses, and pronounced them clean, there was a 14-day delay before the veteran trainer could enter horses from Moulton Paddocks.

Bin Suroor now runs Moulton Paddocks and Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, where he is in charge of over 400 horses, but Godolphin this week have moved to alleviate the pressure put on the veteran handler.

Charlie Appleby, who worked as Al Zarooni's assistant, has enrolled in the British Racing School in order to undergo the first of three courses that he must complete before being handed a British Racing Authority license.

Appleby has worked for Godolphin since 1999 and was managing the stable when Al Zarooni was in Dubai during the World Cup Carnival. He is not seen as a permanent replacement.

"It's impossible for Saeed to train so many, so Sheikh Mohammed would like Charlie Appleby to step in while he considers what arrangements he makes long-term," Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford told the Daily Telegraph.

Bin Suroor was at Lingfield on Tuedsday and was looking forward to running Colour Vision in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot later this month.

Colour Vision was seventh behind French Raider and Gloomy Sunday at Sandown six days ago, his first run since finishing last in the British Champions Long Distance Cup.

"I was quite disappointed with him and the ground was a little soft for him," Bin Surror said. "He wasn't happy that day, but he is going to run in the Gold Cup. He needed that race as he hadn't run since last year."

As for Air Of Glory, Bin Suroor was hoping the mount of Mickael Barzalona would come on for his first run.

"It was a good first run from him and I'm sure he'll improve," the trainer said. "There's something more to come he is carrying condition and now we'll find a better race for him."

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