x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Charlie Appleby to replace Mahmoud Al Zarooni at Moulton Paddocks

But new Godolphin trainer needs clearance from British Horseracing Authority after his predecessor was banned following a drug scandal, writes Geoffrey Riddle.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby met with British Horseracing Authority about taking over Moulton Paddocks Stables on Wednesday. Hugh Routledge / Rex Features
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby met with British Horseracing Authority about taking over Moulton Paddocks Stables on Wednesday. Hugh Routledge / Rex Features

Godolphin's Charlie Appleby met with the British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday to finally satisfy the regulatory body that he is in a position to take over Moulton Paddocks Stables, the former base of the disgraced trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Godolphin's 450 racehorses in Newmarket are trained currently by Saeed Bin Suroor after Al Zarooni was banned for eight years in April for overseeing the administration of anabolic steroids to horses in his care.

Appleby was required to pass certain modules pertaining to the training of racehorses before he could be handed a trainer's licence and the licensing committee must be convinced he played no part in the administration of the banned drugs that resulted in 22 Godolphin horses testing positive.

Appleby has worked for Godolphin for 14 years and was Al Zarooni's assistant.

His case is different to that of Lady Cecil, Sir Henry Cecil's widow, who had applied for a trainer's licence in good time before the death of her husband last month and was granted a temporary licence just days later.

The results to the BHA's investigation into Godolphin and the anabolic steroids administration will be published by the end of the month, and possibly as early as next week.

"Everything and anything that is pertinent to the investigation will be published," a BHA spokesman said yesterday.

"We cannot publish everything; every conversation or interview, because it would undermine the confidentiality in which they were obtained."

Godolphin run Dubai World Cup Carnival stalwarts Ahzeemah and Cavalryman in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales's Stakes on the first of the three-day July Festival at Newmarket this afternoon.

Cavalryman beat Ahzeemah by three lengths in the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night in March and will be joined in the seven-runner field by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid's Danadana.

Friday is Abu Dhabi Race Day at the July Festival, featuring the Falmouth Stakes.

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