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Jockey Kieren Fallon failed drug test, lawyer admits

The Irish jockey was just cleared of race fixing charges also. From AFP-

Six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon has failed a drugs test, his lawyer said on Saturday, a day after he was cleared of race-fixing charges when a two-month trial collapsed.

The 42-year-old Irishman tested positive for a banned substance after a race in Deauville, France, in August, said Fallon’s solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore, although a B-sample second test result is still awaited.

“I can confirm that the story is true but it is a matter we are dealing with together with (French racing authority) France Galop and it is something we are not able to comment on.

“I am not in receipt of the actual B-sample results,” he added, saying the positive test came after he rode “Myboycharlie” in the Prix Morny at Deauville on August 19.

French racing authorities imposed a six-month suspension on Fallon from December last year, after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in June 2006.

The news comes a day after Fallon voiced relief but also anger following the collapse of a high-profile race-fixing trial against him and five co-defendants at the Old Bailey in London.

The six were accused of conspiracy to defraud online betting customers by trying to cheat in 27 races to make horses lose, but the judge ruled there was no case to answer.

The drug test and the race fixing allegations are probably unrelated. Few people understand the measures jockeys have to take to keep riding. They eat and purge to keep their weight dozens of pounds below normal for their heights. It often causes both major physical ailments and sometimes mental health issues.

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