Jockey Nathan Evans gets six month ban for taking cocaine… just hours after Oisin Murphy is also suspended over drug

JOCKEY Nathan Evans has been banned for six months after testing positive for cocaine.

His suspension comes just hours after champion jockey Oisin Murphy was given a three-month ban after a positive test for the drug.

Jockey Evans has got a six-month ban for testing positive for cocaine


Jockey Evans has got a six-month ban for testing positive for cocaineCredit: PA:Press Association

A disiplinary panel heard Evans, 23, had taken cocaine two days before a race meeting.

He was tested ahead of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes at York on August 20 – a race in which he finished eighth.

Seven days later he was told his urine sample confirmed the presence of the Class A drug.

Evans said his act of ‘silliness’ came at a time when he was drinking ‘quite a lot’ because ‘things hadn’t been going my way’.

Rory Mac Neice, who represented Evans at the hearing, said: “Mr Evans accepts that he is in breach. He has made full admissions, he did so at the first opportunity.

“The background behind the commission of this offence is, I am afraid, all too familiar. It speaks to the pressures of riders, the isolation of riders, the fact that ultimately – almost uniquely – jockeys are engaged in a profession where they lose in nearly everything they do.

“Even the very best jockeys only win 20-25 per cent of the races they ride in.

“The vast majority of riders have a winning percentage in single digits. It is a tough way to earn a living. It is an isolating way to earn a living. It is not a team game.”

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