Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has vowed to clear his name after testing positive for cocaine.
The Irishman was informed by France Galop on August 19 of the ‘A’ sample findings after a routine urine test at Chantilly racecourse, but vehemently denies ever taking the drug.
Murphy, who is number one jockey for Qatar Racing and in pole position to retain his championship, is now awaiting the result of a B sample.
The 25-year-old faces a six-month ban if he is found to have taken the drug.
In an official statement on Thursday, Murphy said that subsequent hair tests have found no trace of the substance.
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“I have never taken cocaine in my life and I will do everything that I can to prove that I have not taken cocaine,” he said.
“I want to thank those who are supporting me and in the meantime I want to keep riding winners and focus on my career.”