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Bin Suroor set to take on Moulton horses
17:52 AEST Fri May 10 2013

Saeed bin Suroor is set take temporary control of Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks yard in Newmarket once the stable has been cleared to resume action by the British Horseracing Authority.

Moulton Paddocks was formerly the base of Mahmood Al Zarooni, the trainer who was banned for eight years by the BHA last month after admitting administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care. He has subsequently appealed the length of the ban.

Those horses, including one-time 1000 Guineas favourite Certify, have all been banned from running for six months while all horses at Al Zarooni's former yard have been tested by the BHA.

The results of those checks have yet to be returned but Bin Suroor, who already trains for Godolphin at a different location, will assume responsibility for Moulton Paddocks when it is given the all-clear.

"The intention is for Saeed to take over the licence at Moulton Paddocks on a temporary basis until a new trainer is appointed," Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said.

The BHA confirmed it had received Bin Suroor's application to have Moulton Paddocks stables temporarily included as an addition on his training licence but emphasised the need for the results of the tests before proceeding.

"We have informed Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin that the BHA will not be relicensing the yard until the test results are known for all the Godolphin owned horses stabled in Newmarket," the BHA's director of integrity Adam Brickell said.

Under the Rules of Racing, once approval has been granted for the licence, no runners from the yard will be allowed for 14 days.