Irish Jockeys Face 5 Year Ban for Cocaine Use

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IRHB) have increased the suspension to five years for Irish Jockeys who test positive for cocaine, it was reported on racingpost.com.

The amendment follows a further two apprentice jockeys being confirmed as testing positive for the banned substance during 2018, a third jockey is yet to be confirmed.

Horse racing is a sport enjoyed by many. In April 2018, the Jockey Club who operate 15 racecourses in the UK, recorded profits of £201.1m, the first time in the club’s history that the 2 million threshold was exceeded. It is worth checking for free horse racing tips to give you the edge before placing a bet on any race based in the UK or Ireland. As racegoers continue to engage in the high-adrenaline sport, safety and fair play continues to be at the forefront of any racing authorities objectives.

The rules for banned substances, referred to on ihrb.ie state that “cocaine is a banned substance because it acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system with addictive and hallucinogenic properties and is prohibited in-competition pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List International Standard as adopted by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board”.

It was apprentice Jockey, Conor Murphy, who was handed the highest ban of five years, setting the precedent for future cases.

Not all jockeys are tested in each race, eight are randomly selected from the total number of entrees to take the test. In the past four years, a total of 13 jockeys have tested positive for the banned substance. The bar was raised to a four year over two years ago now. Alcohol however has remained unfounded in any results during this period.


Cocaine, as we know is a highly addictive banned substance available in three forms coke, freebase and crack. Once ingested or injected, it can take from 5 to 30 minutes to take effect whereas for crack cocaine the effects are almost instant.

There are a number of health risks concerned from taking cocaine. It goes without saying, both immediate and after effects should be considered before approaching any animal.

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