Jockeys face hair test in clampdown on cocaine use

POSTED ON  |  01-10-2019

Jockey Carson
Jockeys are to set to have their hair tested for traces of drugs in an effort to crack down on horse racing’s cocaine problem. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) imposed a six-month ban on William Carson, the 29-year-old grandson of the five-times champion jockey Willie, yesterday after a positive cocaine test.

Carson was the fourth jockey to have tested positive for the drug in Britain this year, after Peter Bryan, Kevin Lundie and Callum Rodriguez, and the BHA believes that a hair test would be a much greater deterrent.

Jockeys only have to provide urine samples at the moment, which can only monitor cocaine use within three days of the drug being taken, whereas hair tests can detect the drugs three months after they were…

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