Butler handed five-year ban

Trainer Gerard Butler has been handed a five-year disqualification following a British Horseracing Authority inquiry.

Newmarket-based Butler attended a disciplinary panel hearing in London last month after admitting some of his horses had been treated with the joint treatment Sungate, which contained an anabolic steroid, under the advice of his vet.

However, Butler later admitted to seven charges, with the most serious related to his failure to look after the interests of four horses in his care, and he will be banned from the sport until 2018.