Oisin Murphy loses rides after failing alcohol test at Salisbury as champion-chasing jockey’s Royal Ascot week begins in embarrassing fashion
- Jockey Oisin Murphy saw his Royal Ascot week start in embarrassing fashion
- He wasn’t allowed to take five rides at Salisbury after failing a breathalyser test
- But 23-year-old Murphy’s Royal Ascot programme will be unaffected
Jockey Oisin Murphy pictured last month
Champion-chasing jockey Oisin Murphy saw his Royal Ascot week start in embarrassing fashion when he was not allowed to take five rides at Salisbury on Sunday after failing a breathalyser test.
Murphy missed a winner, with his place on Andrew Balding-trained Tribal Craft taken by David Probert.
Having started the day on 45 winners in the Flat Jockeys Championship, Murphy’s lead was reduced to nine after Silvestre De Sousa’s win on Praxeology.
The positive sample will be subject of a BHA disciplinary inquiry.
Being prevented from riding on the day is the penalty for first-offence, low-level breaches of alcohol levels.
Should a jockey’s sample show alcohol at 39 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath or higher, or 108 milligrams or above per 100 millilitres of urine, a rider can be banned for 28 to 60 days.
Racing’s test for alcohol is stricter than the national drink driving limit. A number of riders have fallen foul of the rules. Two were found in breach during 2018 including Charles Bishop, whose positive test was produced on the last day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
Murphy, who could not be contacted, will be back in action on Monday night at Windsor and his Royal Ascot programme will be unaffected. He has six rides on day one including Guildsman in Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes.
Murphy wasn’t allowed to take five rides at Salisbury on Sunday after failing a breathalyser test
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