Sheikh Mohammed has been given credit for "putting his hands" up to positive dope tests on his enduranjce horses when being penalised by the FEI (six month ban, reported briefly in Racing Post).
Aside from the fact he was kindly telling FEI something it already knew, because his horse’s failed dope tests were already on their own website, banning himself looks a bit shallow. Last weekend Dubai Equestrian Club sponsored a "invitation", unnlicesed endurance ride at a place called Euston Park with £175K prize money, which the Shiekh and his son Hamdan (who also faces FEI ban) were able to take part in. The govertning body, Endurance GB, disassociated itself from the event, like a "flapping race," and criticised the organisers for putting it on.
So no need to worry ablout being banned if you can afford to stage your own races outside the Rules. Interesting, isn;’t it, that a modest little organisation lke Endurance GB is bold enough to criticise one of its high profile members. Can’t see the BHA sayiing they are even disappointed a prominent racfing figure has got mixed up in doping even if its with the wrong sort of horse.
Guanabenz, what the Sheikh’s horse tested positive for, is given for the deliberate reason of slowing down the heartrate – to get it through vet’s inspections. Even if Sheikh Mo genuinely can’t keep a watch on all 700 of his endurance horses, maybe he should try to employ a better calibre of trainer. It’s not as if it hasnt happedn before. His son Sheikh Mojid’s endurance horse tested positive to guanabenz in 2005. Its much worse than someone trying to assist a bleeder.
Mmmm, A top Endurance GB man did criticize this race ride, however forgot to mention that his wife had entered this exact race and he crewed on the day for her!!!!!!!! Pretty hypocritical if you ask me!!