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news is breaking that OM tested positive for cocaine usage and could be banned for 6 monthsOctober 1, 2020 at 12:46 #1504355homersimpsonParticipant
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If true (both online at the Sun and Mail) it says he tested positive in France. Along similar lines to Fallon, Dettori and Havlin this. Why does it always seem to happen in France? Is testing more stringent? Are we in GB missing something? Sounds like he’s totally denying ever taking the substance and further tests have come back negative. Could be an embarrassing one come Champions Day.October 1, 2020 at 12:53 #1504358October 1, 2020 at 13:25 #1504368MatronParticipant
October 1, 2020 at 14:35 #1504375TriptychParticipant
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Not sure if this is true but I read an article that said 1 in 10 people unknowingly have cocaine on their fingertips the problem is so rife and not just in big cities.
Could there be a case made for Oisin for cross contamination or have I been watching too many episodes of CSI?
I do believe him and hope this resolves quickly.Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...October 1, 2020 at 15:21 #1504382MatronParticipant
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“Not sure if this is true but I read an article that said 1 in 10 people unknowingly have cocaine on their fingertips the problem is so rife and not just in big cities.”
It wouldn’t surprise me Jac:October 1, 2020 at 15:44 #1504386TriptychParticipant
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That was it Matron thanks.
Let’s hope Oisin’s case gets a fair hearing.Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...October 1, 2020 at 16:01 #1504389
He doesnt seem the type but you just never know. Im fairly confident he’ll be innocent.October 1, 2020 at 16:01 #1504390Cork All StarParticipant
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If Oisin Murphy is innocent – and given the vehemence of his denial and his negative hair follicle test, I am strongly inclined to think he is – why would any jockey risk riding in France?
There must be a strong chance of returning a false positive test. Then you are facing the prospect of six months out and a huge mark against you on your disciplinary record.
If I was a jockey I simply would not take the risk.October 1, 2020 at 16:29 #1504403Venture to CognacModerator
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Depends on how rigorous the test is.
It’s true that if we were all tested, the numbers of positive tests would be significantly higher than you’d expect, but this would be from samples from an electronic device that would pick up minute contact, from such sources as cross contamination from Banknotes etc
I’ve no idea what’s involved in the French testing, but if it involved blood, urine, saliva, hair etc, then it may be more difficult to explain away.
That’s my take on it anywayOctober 1, 2020 at 16:32 #1504405sporting samParticipant
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To be fair to the boy, he strikes me as honest as the day is long.
When he copped that ban which he didn’t appeal for a riding infringement, I was very impressed by his interview after a race.
He put his hands up and said no I won’t appeal. I’m gutted to miss the st leger meeting but y’know? There’s worse going on in the world right now.
How many Jockeys would have swiftly hired a high flying QCs to argue their case and tie the Jockey club in knots with injunctions just to ride a big race?
He took time to explain his ride in the Derby which few Jockeys did.
Innocent or not I really like this Fellow.October 1, 2020 at 17:52 #1504430He Didnt Like GroundParticipant
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At a guess he may want to have a look at the people he has in his circle , if he is inoccent then it’s likely he’s been contaminated by someone he knows ….I no longer go to work night outs …it’s rife , I don’t drink anyway but the number of people doing this is getting greater all the time ….racing is my vice lol and to be honest she’s a tough enough mistressOctober 1, 2020 at 18:10 #1504435chestnutParticipant
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My thought as well homersimpson.
Is the French testing more vigorous?October 1, 2020 at 19:32 #1504449SirHarryLewisParticipant
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It’s a test for metabolites of cocaine. I would have thought it accurate.
However hair would store those metabolites for a minimum of 90 days..
In chronic users, its possible to detect years later
SHLOctober 1, 2020 at 20:21 #1504455botchy1Participant
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I did have my suspicions when he finished 10 lengths clear of his horse the other week.
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