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Bookmakers refund Godolphin bets

A number of major bookmakers are refunding bets placed on horses involved in the Godolphin doping scandal.

With the revelation that 11 horses at the legendary stables have tested positive for banned substances, the bookies have acted swiftly in an act of goodwill to punters who would otherwise be out of pocket.

Ladbrokes are likely to return around £200,000 worth of bets to customers after electing to refund ante-post stakes placed on the horses, including Certify, one of the favourites for next month’s 1000 Guineas, a horse on which Paddy Power are also refunding stakes.

Ladbrokes spokesman Ciaran O'Brien said: “We are paying back all stakes on the horses that are involved in the investigation.

“We just don't think customers should be penalised by something that's completely outside the normal circumstances.”

William Hill are refunding stakes on the four horses it has taken bets on, including Restraint Of Trade and Artigiana in the 2000 Guineas, with Coral reportedly following suit.

A William Hill spokesperson said: “We have been astounded by the totally unprecedented set of circumstances that have been made public today and we are as shocked as anybody that such a decorated stable is having allegations of this nature levelled towards it.

“Any bets wagered on affected horses involved in forthcoming races have been refunded.”
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