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Irish racer banned from cocaine FOUR YEARS after testing positive in ‘one time’ situation

JOCKEY was banned FOUR YEARS after testing positive for cocaine.

Young Irish jockey, Tom Joseph Kelly, has been handed a hefty fine by the Irish Equestrian Board.

Irish racer Kelly has been banned for four years after a 'one-time' cocaine incident

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Irish racer Kelly has been banned for four years after a ‘one-time’ cocaine incidentCredit: Getty

However, with at least a three-year suspension, and with the ban in effect from 22 August this year, he may be racing again next year.

At the referral committee hearing, Kelly, who tested positive for a cocaine metabolite in Killarney on July 15, said he had no recollection of taking the Class A drug.

The IHRB statement read: “Mr Kelly explained that he was out one night in which he turned down an offer to use cocaine but said it was being done in his company.

“He said he had no memory of taking cocaine but accepted that his drinking and pressure from those around him caught him off guard late into the evening.

“He said that he had never or since used any drugs and that he was not aware of the consequences, but this was a mistake that he will regret for a while and apologize. sorry for letting his family, owner and motorsports down.”

Kelly, a professional racer earning £43,965 on the track this season, drove for Enda Bolger.

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The trainer said Kelly was an ‘excellent worker and rider’ who ‘never presented any problems’.

Bolger said he would be 100% committed to Kelly and offered to support him in the future.

The final three years of the restraining order for Kelly are suspended as long as he cooperates with the IHRB senior medical officer, Dr Jennifer Pugh.

The IHRB said: “We had to impose a lengthy suspension but in doing so we accept that this is a stoppage and we accept that you approached the case very fairly and that you does not create any difficulty, and this is a… off situation.

“We are applying a four-year suspension, starting August 22, 2021.

“We’ve taken the approach that if you cooperate with Dr. Pugh and do whatever has to be done under her guidance and Mr. Brennan’s if Dr. Pugh asks, between now and 22, 2022, we will gladly consider a review of a partial suspension of the penalty effective from that date.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/17071868/irish-jockey-four-year-cocaine-ban/ Irish racer banned from cocaine FOUR YEARS after testing positive in ‘one time’ situation

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