Changes to the Jockey Club’s Protocol For the Testing of Riders
Published: 20 May 1999
Following a full review of the dope testing procedures for riders, the Jockey Club has made some revisions and amendments to the protocol which will come into effect from 1st June. The random testing of riders, which is administered by the Sports Council, was introduced in October 1994. Since its introduction over 600 samples have been analysed, resulting in only three cases where riders have tested positive to prohibited substances.
The Jockey Club’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Michael Turner, said: “Overall, we have been very pleased with how the protocol has worked. The results show that jockeys do not have problems with either social drugs or other performance affecting substances and the changes have simply been introduced in the areas where we felt further improvements could be made or tightening up was required.”
The principal changes are as follows:
Notes for Editors:
Three riders have produced positive samples since testing was introduced in 1994:
1. In October 1995 the Disciplinary Committee withdrew Sean McCarthy’s licence for two months after he gave a sample that was found to contain cannabinoids and amphetamines.
2. In February 1996 the Disciplinary Committee withdrew Darren Salter’s licence for 21 days after he gave a sample that was found to contain cannabinoids.
3. In May 1997 the Disciplinary Committee withdrew David Walsh’s licence for one month after he gave a sample that was found to contain amphetamines.