Oisin Murphy admits seeing cocaine being taken on night before positive test

By: Chris Cook Thursday 3 December 2020
  • Jockey says ‘I made a massive error’ over drug incident
  • Champion jockey suspended three months from race-riding

Oisin Murphy has said he saw cocaine being taken on the night before he tested positive for the drug in July. The champion jockey, whose three-month suspension from race-riding begins next week, continues to insist he has never taken the drug but told the BBC he still made “a massive error” in allowing himself to be exposed to environmental contamination.

“I became aware of a situation where cocaine was present in my environment and I saw it there and didn’t remove myself from that situation immediately,” Murphy is reported as saying in reference to the night of 18 July. He had been riding at Newbury that day and flew out to compete at Chantilly the next day, when a sample was taken that proved positive.

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