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Ladbrokes refund 200k of bets after 11 Godolphin horses test positive for anabolic steroids

Ladbrokes refund 200k of bets after 11 Godolphin horses test positive for anabolic steroids

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Scandal: 2012 St Leger winner Encke was trained by Al Zarooni

‘I can only apologise for the damage this will cause to Godolphin and to racing generally.’

When jumps trainer Howard Johnson was banned for four years in 2010, one year was a result of positive steroid tests.

None of the Al Zarooni horses to test positive can currently run.

His stable was subject to a random test on April 9.

No date has been set for the hearing.

Grand National sweepstake kit 2013

Grand National sweepstake: Your essential kit for the 2013 race!

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15:10 GMT, 2 April 2013

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15:10 GMT, 2 April 2013

PDF version

Neptune Collonges

Click here to open the MailOnline sweepstake page. You may find it easier to print from this file.

*Please note – there may be withdrawals
and changes ahead of the race that will be updated at the end of each day on this link

Get yourself ready for the Grand National with Sportsmail's brilliant sweepstake kit.

Simply print out this article – or the PDF file (see right) – then cut the
names into individual pieces of paper, fold them and put them into a hat ahead of the big race on Saturday, April 6 at 4.15pm.

Once
you're ready, you can start your own sweepstake at work, at home or
down the pub. Charge as much as you like per entry (or as much as people
are willing to pay).

Get people to pay their entry fee and draw a
name from the hat at random. Write down who draws which horse on the corresponding ticket (it saves a lot of argument later!).

Make sure you sell all of the horses. If you have some left
after everyone has brought a horse see if anyone wants a another.

Obviously you're free to split the winnings how you wish,
but make sure all the money is paid out in prizes. We suggest you split the
winnings as follows: 1st=60 per cent; 2nd=25 per cent; 3rd=10 per cent; 4th=5 per cent.

*Please note – there may be withdrawals and changes ahead of the race that will be updated at the end of each day on this article

Grand National sweepstake kit 2013

Grand National sweepstake kit 2013

Grand National sweepstake kit 2013

Cheltenham Festival 2013: Day one inspection at 10.30am due winter weather

Concern on day one at Cheltenham with early morning inspection set after parts of the course are left frozen by winter weather

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

07:04 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 12 March 2013

Cheltenham will hold an inspection at 10.30am today ahead of what is predicted to be the coldest-ever start to the Festival.

Although the covers were put down at the track over the weekend, officials report the track to be frozen in a few places this morning after a wind chill of -12C overnight.

Over 55,000 spectators are expected to
attend the first day of the meeting when nine horses, including three
previous winners – Binocular, Hurricane Fly and reigning champion Rock
On Ruby – will line up in the Champion Hurdle.

Bleak: Cheltenham will host an inspection after temperatures plummeted to -12C overnight

Bleak: Cheltenham will host an inspection after temperatures plummeted to -12C overnight

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Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: 'We are frozen in places but it seems to be small areas. We can't really tell the extent of the frozen areas until we start to take the covers up.

'If the weather does what we expect it to and the temperature gets up to 3C by 12 noon, we should be kicking off as planned at 1.30pm.

'The wind chill dropped to -12C overnight and it was still -9C at 5am today.

'The is sun is out now and if we get an hour or two of sunshine on it, it should start to move.

'If we get some cloud cover, the rate at which that will happen will obviously slow.'

Frozen: As many as 55,000 spectators are expected to arrive for the opening day of the Festival

Frozen: As many as 55,000 spectators are expected to arrive for the opening day of the Festival

Claisse says he remains 'optimistic' about the meeting going ahead as planned.

He told Channel 4's The Morning Line: '90 per cent of the course is fine but obviously we can't clear it as fit to race until it's 100 per cent OK.

'(The problem areas) tend to be on some of the take-offs and landings and some of the wider ground. We have got fresh ground seven or eight yards on the inside, but you just have to be a bit careful of a horse that's going wide.

'It's on those areas that were worn a little bit in October, November and December, that's where the frost has got in under the covers.

'We will look at everything we can possibly do to ensure the meeting goes ahead. If we have to, we will go round any fences or hurdles.

Covered up: Cheltenham remain confident that racing will go ahead on the first day of the Festival

Covered up: Cheltenham remain confident that racing will go ahead on the first day of the Festival

'We are not running on the cross
country course until 4pm this afternoon and the afternoon temperature is
4C or 5C, so it may take a little bit longer to get fit when the sun
comes out, but should be OK by 4.

'I remain optimistic but you just
never quite know what is happening with this weather. Our experiences
last night were beyond anything we've seen before.'

The process of lifting the covers is
expected to be completed by 1.15pm with the traditional curtain raiser,
the William Hill Supreme Novices Hurdle, due off 15 minutes later.

In-debt Michael Chopra in self-imposed bans from bookies in a bid to arrest spiralling gambling addiction

Chopra begins self-imposed ban from bookies in bid to tackle gambling addictionStriker in so much debt he cannot afford 50,000 legal feesHe was charged by BHA for breaching rules

By
Sam Cunningham

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12:19 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 9 January 2013

Michael Chopra has banned himself from betting shops in Ipswich in a bid to sort out his gambling addiction.

The Ipswich striker admitted today he is in such bad debt he cannot afford to pay the minimum 50,000 legal fees required to get someone to represent him in a trial. He has been charged by the British Horseracing Authority for breaching their rules.

If the BHA win their case against him they can only ban him from racecourses and their gambling establishments.

Tumbling: Chopra's gambling addiction has caused serious problems

Tumbling: Chopra's gambling addiction has caused serious problems

But Chopra said in a statement: ‘It is well publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems. As of this year, I’ve voluntarily self-excluded myself from all betting institutions from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.’

Chopra and eight others were charged by the BHA in October for breaching their Rules of Racing and the two-week trial begins on January 14. He is accused of placing bets for horses to lose in a five-month period between November 2010 and March 2011 using information passed on either directly or indirectly by jockey Andrew Heffernan, who is also standing trial.

Chopra was advised that even if he was found innocent he would not be refunded his legal fees for being represented in the inquiry.

Heavy debt: Chopra cannot afford to pay his legal fees

Heavy debt: Chopra cannot afford to pay his legal fees

The 29-year-old added: ‘I have extensive debts and loans and simply cannot afford the amount of money necessary to clear my name, with no prospects of ever recovering my costs. I am not a member of the British Horseracing Authority and not subject to its rules. I have been advised that the British Horseracing Authority is only allowed under its rules to take disciplinary action against a person who is subject to those rules, which does not include me.’

BHA responded later on Wednesday, when media manager Robin Mounsey said: 'The charges being brought by the BHA against Michael Chopra are serious and relate to conspiring with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, and offering bribes to a licensed person.

'It is the BHA's role to protect the integrity of the sport from corrupt practices from both licensed and unlicensed individuals.

On trail: James Coppinger (left) and Mark Wilson (second right) are also involved

On trail: James Coppinger (left) and Mark Wilson (second right) are also involved

'As such, via a disciplinary panel, the BHA is able to impose sanctions upon individuals not bound by the Rules of racing, which include exclusion from entering any licensed premises or having dealings with any licensed person regarding horseracing.

'The BHA will not comment further on this investigation until the hearing has been completed and the disciplinary panel has published its findings.'

Two other footballers, Doncaster Rovers winger James Coppinger and former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson, are also standing trial.

Leonna Mayor – female jockey photshoot

From racing horses to racing hearts! Apprentice Mayor is a Grade One jockey

By
Mike Dawes

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12:02 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 7 January 2013

Leonna Mayor's job is to race horses, but with these pictures the young jockey will have hearts racing across the country.

The stunning 22-year-old is an apprentice at Alastair Lidderdale's stable – and already has 31 wins to her name.

And while her fledgling racing career remains in its infancy, these pictures will send her shooting to the forefront of all race-goers minds.

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Weighing in: Mayor takes to the scales at Kempton Park in Surrey

Mayor first appeared in MailOnline 18 months ago during a photoshoot alongside a number of other young female jockeys.

She revealed her desire at the time was to become a top jockey in racing circles. And there was also a revelation about her slightly embarrassing modelling past.

She said: 'My main ambition is to be known as a good female jockey and to get to a situation where trainers want to use me rather than my agent having to ask them.'

'Winning my fourth and most important race of the year (in 2011) on Thunderball at Pontefract when the owners could have used a more experienced jockey was a highlight.

She added: 'I did modelling as a youngster and was pictured wearing a hideous pink tracksuit in the Argos catalogue.'

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Fitness regime: Mayor has revealed how much dedication is needed to remain trim for racing

Staying in shape is a key element of her day-to-day life as a jockey, but has admitted staying trim is a constant battle.

Leonna, 22, told the Daily Star: 'It is weird having to adjust your weight for different races but it becomes second nature.

'It makes dinners out difficult and, after a long day, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking a complicated meal. I eat a lot of soup and treat myself to a takeaway if I get a win!

'If I need to lose a pound or so, I
sweat in a hot bath. One of the lads suggested a couple of glasses of
wine the night before a race to dehydrate.'

Judging by these pictures, her fitness regime is working just fine.

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly has the pulses racing on and off the track

Lacy racer: Mayor certainly sets the pulses racing on and off the track

Cheltenham"s New Year"s Day fixture abandoned

Balding's parade is rained on as Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture is abandoned

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13:29 GMT, 31 December 2012

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture at Prestbury Park has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Clare Balding had been due to make her Channel 4 Racing debut from Cheltenham but the abandonment means the former BBC presenter will be broadcasting from a stable in Berkshire.

The only live action will be from Musselburgh and Channel 4 will send Balding and Mick Fitzgerald to visit trainer Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows, Lambourn, home of Gold Cup contenders Bobs Worth and Long Run.

Channel 4 Racing executive producer Carl Hicks said: 'We have arranged for Clare and Mick to visit Seven Barrows.

'Nicky Henderson has so many high-profile horses to run before the Festival, there is plenty to see and talk about.'

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack

Course officials originally scheduled an inspection for 3pm on Monday but the meeting was abandoned long before that.

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse told At The Races: 'Sadly we've had to take the decision earlier than we thought to abandon the meeting.

'We've had more rainfall and there's quite a lot more rain forecast between now and 2pm. The course is waterlogged in too many places.'

Wayne Rooney spends 80,000 on racehorses

United's Rooney spent 80k on racehorses last year… but only managed 5k return in winnings

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11:55 GMT, 29 December 2012

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11:56 GMT, 29 December 2012

Despite spending nearly 80,000 on racehorses last year, Wayne Rooney’s investments have only earned him a paltry 5,000 in winnings.

The Manchester United striker’s returns were published in the accounts of Stoneygate 48 Ltd, the company which handles his image rights and other commercial ventures.

Rooney needn’t be too worried about the measly returns from his horse racing investments over the past year, as he is almost 3million up in that one company alone – coupled with his bumper wage packet at Premier League leaders United.

Quids in: Wayne Rooney (right) hasn't made a great initial return from his racehorse investments

Quids in: Wayne Rooney (right) hasn't made a great initial return from his racehorse investments

The company’s accounts show net assets of 2.93million for the year to March 2012 – up from 1.59million the previous year.

It’s not all plain sailing for the 27-year-old though. One of his horses, Switcharooney, ran a disappointing race yesterday at Lingfield, finishing seventh of 11 runners on its debut.

Rooney, who netted twice to help his side prevail in the Manchester derby earlier this month, is hoping United will be able to topple the visiting West Brom at Old Trafford today.

Michael Owen return delayed by Stoke boss Tony Pulis

Hold your horses, Michael! Pulis tells fit-again Owen he needs more time off before return

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 13 December 2012

Michael Owen's hopes of receiving a welcome birthday present from Stoke manager Tony Pulis have been put on hold.

Owen declared himself 'raring to go' after coming through 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Everton to
the Britannia Stadium, there was the prospect of Owen making his first
appearance for Stoke since October 27, the last of his four substitute
outings since joining the club at the start of September.

But ahead of the former England striker’s 33rd birthday on Friday, Pulis says Owen still needs at least another week of fitness work and another reserve outing before he can be thrown into the first team.

Pulis said: 'Michael did smashing on Tuesday, came through 70 minutes, but he needs more work on the training ground, a bit more strength

'He needs another couple of weeks of full training, another game or two first before we chuck him back in.

'That’s because every time we’ve tried to get him in there he has broken

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Oscar Pistorius to race horse

Pistorius aims to end memorable 2012 with another win… but this time he's racing a horse!

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

Oscar Pistorius made history at London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games before claiming two gold medals at the Paralympics.

But just when you thought the South African’s trail blazing antics were done, the 26-year-old sprinter has given himself one final challenge to see out an incredible 2012.

Not content with defeating athletes on two legs, Pistorius has raised the bar again by doubling his troubles in taking on an Arabian horse!

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

The ‘run like the wind challenge’ is set to take place at Qatar’s Aspire Zone outdoor circuit in Doha on Wednesday night and is an event that the world record holder in the T44 200m and 400m is looking forward to.

Pistorius said on Twitter: ‘Racing An Arab Horse on Wednesday night for the #runlikethewind Campaign in Doha. @DohaGOALS going to be INSANE!’

The six time Paralympic gold medalist also added in a press conference how he would prepare for the race.

‘I am going to do great deal of stretching, Pistorius said. ‘I will make sure I have enough protein in my system. Arabian horses [are] an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.’

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The race is in aid of promoting the Definitely Able campaign in Qatar, which supported by energy and chemical company Sasol, aims to raise awareness and contributions of those with disabilities in the community.

Pistorius, who reached the semi-finals at the Olympics, may have his work cut out to win this event though judging by stars that have tried to race different animals before him.

Fellow countryman Bryan Habana attempted to take on a cheetah five years ago in an attempt to raise awareness over the species’ dwindling numbers.

But despite being given a 35-yard head start, the 2007 Rugby Union World Cup winner still failed to get the better of the feline. Oscar, you have been warned.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are the teams to beat says Sir Alex Ferguson

We must be as good as Madrid and Barca to win the Champions League, says Fergie

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 6 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his players to match Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid – and Champions League dark horses Borussia Dortmund – if they want to win a third Champions League crown.

The Manchester United manager arrived in northwest Portugal on the 26th anniversary of his appointment at Old Trafford knowing that victory over SC Braga on Wednesday night will ensure his side qualify for the knockout stages with two games to spare.

You know what you have to do: Sir Alex Ferguson told players they must match Madrid and Barca

You know what you have to do: Sir Alex Ferguson told players they must match Madrid and Barca

But Ferguson is already looking ahead to his main rivals in this season’s competition – and he has narrowed it down to three.

‘We’ll need to perform at a really high level to win it,’ he said on Tuesday night. ‘You can’t look past Real Madrid and Barcelona, that’s fair to say, and I do think Dortmund will be about the Champions League this year.

‘If you look at their league form, 11 points behind Bayern Munich, you can tell they’re preparing themselves to do well in the Champions League.

‘Those three teams have outstanding chances and I hope we can join them because we have a good squad of players.’

Braga will be no pushovers on their own patch, however.

They provided enough evidence to support that theory when United were forced to come from behind to win 3-2 at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, and their recent record against English teams at the Estadio Municipal de Braga deserves respect.

In beating Birmingham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Portsmouth within the past five years, the Portuguese have not conceded a single goal at one of the more unique venues in European football.

Carved out a quarry, the backdrop to one of the goals at the 32,000-seater arena is a rock face. United’s dressing-room is underground and their players will have to climb four flights of stairs just to reach the pitch.

Be the best: Lionel Messi and his Barca colleagues are hard to beat

Be the best: Lionel Messi and his Barca colleagues are hard to beat

‘Braga’s record in Europe is good, and particularly at home they carry a threat,’ added Ferguson.

‘It’s
an important game in terms of if we win we’re through to the next
stage. That’s the important part of tomorrow. Hopefully we can manage
it.

‘I’m hoping we can get to the next stage because it you look at the squad it’s very strong.’