Howard Johnson faces long banA high-profile trainer of jumps racehorses, Howard Johnson, has been charged with doping and horse welfare offences by the British Horseracing Authority.

Johnson has been the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 and has been charged three separate offences of administering the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone to his horses.

The charges came to light during a post-mortem after Striking Article suffered an injury and was put down following a race at Musselburgh last February.