Oisin Murphy drugs ban reduced after claiming 'sexual contact' defence

By: Greg Wood Saturday 28 November 202
  • Rider hit with three-month cocaine ban from French authorities
  • Jockey stated positive was due to sexual contact with drug user

Oisin Murphy, Britain’s champion jockey, has been given a three-month suspension following his positive test for cocaine after riding in France in July, three months shorter than bans served by Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon for the same offence in the past, after telling a disciplinary hearing that the positive was due to “environmental contamination”, apparently via sexual contact with a user of the Class A drug.

The decision to ban Murphy for three months was released by the French racing authorities on Friday afternoon, following a disciplinary hearing earlier in the week.

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