Killarney jockey will not appeal three-month ban

Killarney jockey Oísin Murphy will not be appealing a three-month ban issued by French racing authorities after metabolites of cocaine were discovered in a random urine sample he gave following a race in Chantilly, France, on July 19.

The dual British Champion flat jockey was initially handed a six-month ban but contested this after requesting a B sample using follicles of his hair at a private laboratory on August 19.

The lab examined ‘multiple’ 0.3cm segments of his hair on August 26 that returned a ‘completely negative’ result for metabolites of cocaine.

But the France Galop statement, released on Wednesday last, outlined that as a biological sample revealed the presence of cocaine metabolites, the ban was reduced to three months. The decision takes into account the scientific evidence presented by Murphy and his counsel

Murphy is believed to have developed traces of cocaine in his system through ‘environmental contamination’ with an individual who it was later discovered had used cocaine.

Murphy said he has never taken cocaine in his life and is pleased to be ‘exonerated’ from having taken the illegal substance.

In a statement released through the Professional Jockeys Association, Murphy said that while he respected the ruling of France Galop, he would not be contesting the three-month ban.

“Whilst I am obviously disappointed that I will still have to serve a three-month suspension, I am pleased the Commissioners accepted the evidence presented and [I] am hugely relieved to have been cleared of taking cocaine,” Murphy said.

He continued: “I regretfully put myself in a situation whereby cocaine has been able to filter into my system through environmental contamination and must live with the consequences.

“As a professional sportsman I cannot put myself in a similar situation again.”

Murphy’s ban runs from December 11 to March 11.

Murphy’s stand-out victory this season came in the 2,000 Guineas aboard Kameko at Newmarket. – News