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Butler cites 'error of judgement'

By NICK ROBSON

Gerard Butler has spoken of "an error of judgement" in the wake of his five-year disqualification from racing.

The British Horseracing Authority had accused Newmarket-based Butler of an "appalling" dereliction of his duties at the end of a disciplinary panel hearing, announcing the Group One-winning trainer admitted to all seven charges relating to samples of an anabolic steroid found in horses in his care.

Nine of his horses produced positive samples, five cases of which were identified as the joint treatment Sungate, which contains the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol.

However, considered even more serious was Butler's admission of administering another substance, Rexogin, to four horses himself.

Rexogin is designed for use in humans, often for bodybuilding, and contains 10 times as much stanozolol as Sungate.

Butler said in a statement: "While this has been a devastating and humiliating experience for me, I am above all aware of its impact on others: not just my family, staff and owners but also the sport I have always loved.

"I have no intention of hiding from my responsibility for an error of judgement that has undone many years of honest endeavour."

* TIMMY Murphy has been suspended for nine days following his altercation with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth at Newbury.

Murphy left the track with a dislocated shoulder on Friday and it was later discovered he had been involved in a scuffle in the weighing room.

Murphy, who had to give up the ride on Our Father in last Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup as a result, has been suspended from December 19-22 and 26-30.

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