Yet another top name has been dragged into the horsemeat scandal after a trainer at the Godolphin stables admitted injecting thoroughbreds with a cocktail of flavour-enhancing herbs and spices, including salt, garlic and even rosemary.
The practice is banned under British Horseracing Authority regulations as it can make some horses unusually aroused near herb gardens. The trainer responsible, Mahmood Al Zarooni today admitted "I have made a catastrophic mistake. I now realise these stables were an elaborate front and those horses, who I loved like my own children, were destined to be turned into lasagnes.
"So obviously it should have been basil, not rosemary."