Oisin Murphy has denied ever taking cocaine after testing positive for the drug, which could see the UK Champion Jockey facing a lengthy ban, and has vowed to ‘fight to clear my name’.
Murphy was selected for urine testing at Chantilly racecourse on July 19 and was informed by France Galop on August 19 that his ‘A’ sample had returned positive for metabolites of cocaine, which could see a worldwide racing suspension of up to six months.
Murphy’s representatives have told Sporting Life that after being informed of the failed test, the 25-year-old immediately arranged for an independent laboratory to undertake hair sampling to prove his innocence.
The sample was taken on August 22 and the results of the test, carried out on small segments of the jockey’s hair, returned a negative result for any trace of cocaine.
Murphy said: “I have never taken cocaine in my life and will fight to clear my name.
“I want to thank those who are supporting me and in the meantime I want to keep riding winners and focus on my career.
“I will have no further comment to make and wish to respect the processes of France Galop.”
The 25-year-old Irishman’s representatives say they have shared their independent test with France Galop and will now await the results of the governing body’s analysis of the ‘B’ sample.
In 2012 Frankie Dettori was banned for six-months after testing positive for cocaine after a test in France, a charge he admitted.
Rab Havlin suffered the same fate in 2017 for the same failed test, which again was conducted by France Galop.
Havlin, like Murphy, denied ever taking cocaine, with his innocence claim supported by John Gosden, and spent over £100,000 fighting the charges, which included three appeals – two in France and one to the BHA.
Effectively Havlin ended up not racing for over eight months due to the BHA starting his suspension at a later date to France Galop. – sportinglife.com