The ruling shaikh of Dubei will serve a six month ban from horse racing following proceedings examining his role in horse doping. Sheikh Mohammed's horse tested positive for some doping substance, which isn't named in the article below. The Mrs. -- Princess Haya of Jordan -- was head of the horse regulatory agency. (friendly looking fellow)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum's horse Tahhan ran in two endurance races in January and February and "in both events, the horse was ridden by Sheikh Mohammed ... who is the person responsible," said FEI in a statement on its website. He was also fined 4,500 Swiss francs (2,500 pounds).
Most endurance races are up to 160 km (100 miles) long.
In the statement, the Dubai ruler, who is also the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, said he had no knowledge of any illegal substances being used. He can appeal. Trainer Abdullah bin Huzaim was also fined and banned for a year after admitting to doping the horses. FEI said it had detected prohibited substances, a drug with calming and analgesic effects and a steroid.
Sheikh Mohammed's wife Princess Haya of Jordan, who presides over FEI, stepped aside in this case, Malina Gueorguiev, spokesperson for the FEI, told Reuters by telephone from Geneva.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of conglomerate Dubai World, one of the emirate's largest companies, had previously been suspended for six months and fined. He had said he was unaware of any doping.
The Sheikh's horse tested positive for two substances, one of which was Winny: