Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been banned for three months by France Galop after testing positive for metabolites of cocaine.
Murphy, who successfully defended his title this season, failed a test at Chantilly on July 19 – having ridden The Lir Jet, owned by his bosses, Qatar Racing Ltd.
Having always strenuously denied he had taken any drugs, Murphy requested a B sample – and upon receiving the results, France Galop held a hearing on Wednesday.
The ban will run from December 11 until March 11.
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