A former Metropolitan Police chief has been asked to by Sheikh Mohammed to lead an investigation into his entire equine operation and will assemble a “team of experts” to examine seizures of unlicensed veterinary products at Stansted airport and Moorley Farm in Newmarket.
It is understood Lord Stevens will conduct a widespread investigation into all aspects of the sheikh’s operations, including his Godolphin racing operation.
“I have been asked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to oversee an internal inquiry that will examine organisational structures, internal communication and veterinary practices at all of the major components of Sheikh Mohammed’s equestrian properties and operations, including Darley, Godolphin, Meydan and Janah, the equine flight company,” Stevens said in a statement.
“We will look into events surrounding the seizures at Stansted and Moorley Farm, including the chain of custody for the medications in question and their intended purpose. We will also look beyond those specific events for a wide-ranging assessment of veterinary procedures and practices to determine whether they are in support of horse welfare and in keeping with all applicable laws and regulations.
“Following my meeting with Princess Haya on Tuesday, I have begun assembling a team of experts for this task. At this early stage, it is difficult to predict when we will complete this project, but our work will undoubtedly extend into the new year.”
The British Horseracing Authority has insisted that the seizures at Stansted and at Moorley Farm are not linked to the racing industry.