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Oisin Murphy: Top jockey takes ‘full responsibility’ after failing breathalyzer test ahead of race

The 26-year-old, who was champion jockey in 2019 and 2020 and who’s on observe to be topped it a 3rd time this yr, apologized to followers on Twitter saying that he took “full accountability” after taking the test at Newmarket Racecourse, England.

“I used to be requested to take a breath test at Newmarket as we speak. I blew underneath the drink drive restrict however over the driving restrict,” he wrote.

“I’m sorry to all of the folks I’ve let down as we speak. I take full accountability. I can be driving tomorrow.”

The alcohol restrict for jockeys is 17 micrograms per 100ml of breath, whereas the UK driving restrict is 35 micrograms per 100ml.

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In 2019, in line with Reuters, Murphy was as soon as once more compelled to overlook races after testing over the restrict and the jockey was handed a three-month suspension in 2020 after a optimistic test for cocaine — authorities took into consideration Murphy’s protection that he had not knowingly been in touch with the drug.

The newest incident has now been referred to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

“An enquiry was held following a report from the Equine Welfare Integrity/Collection Officer that Oisin Murphy, who was declared to journey FIORINA, had failed a breathalyzer test previous to the race,” learn a report from BHA stewards.

“Murphy, the Equine Welfare Integrity/Collection Officer, and Raceday Assistant had been interviewed.

“Having heard their proof, the matter was referred to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority for additional consideration and Murphy was stood down for the rest of the day.”

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