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Hughie Morrison lfaces wait to autumn for BHA hearing into doping case

• Trainer’s horse tested positive for anabolic steroid in January
• Haydock called off after stalls handler air-lifted to hospital

It was a frustrating afternoon for Hughie Morrison here on Friday as his filly Aurora Gray was touched off in a £12,000 handicap after looking the likely winner two furlongs out. Such setbacks must seem very minor to the trainer at present, however, with no end in sight to the ordeal which began when his filly Our Little Sister tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after a race at Wolverhampton in January.

Morrison was charged over the positive test in May under the British Horseracing Authority’s “strict liability” anti-doping rules, which in effect assume that the trainer is guilty and require him to prove his innocence. The possible penalties for a positive test for steroids include the loss of his licence and livelihood but as yet no date has been set for a hearing into the case and there seems little chance at present that it will be heard before the autumn.

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