SOUTH African jockey Chad Little has just been suspended for five years after a urine sample taken from him contained traces of a banned substance – one would think that is punishment of note for a rider already more than midway through his career.
In the UK, legendary jockey Willie Carson has called for greater deterrents to stop jockeys turning to cocaine after his grandson William Carson (photo) was suspended for six months last Thursday for failing a drug test.
Carson, 29, who tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine after providing a sample at Lingfield on March 27, revealed at a disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday that he had taken “eight or nine lines” of cocaine at a pub two nights before the test.
The jockey is the latest to be banned for taking cocaine with Kieran Shoemark, Callum Rodriguez and Kevin Lundie all returning in the last 12 months from similar suspensions. Amateur rider Peter Bryan is serving a six-month sentence for a positive test this year.
“My feeling is there’s a hell of a lot more involved in drugs and drink,” said Willie Carson, “and that’s in the whole of society not just jockeys. I would suggest to up the dope tests to once a week for everybody, or something like that.
“It would deter any young, aspiring jockeys who could go on to be very successful. That’s what you need to stop this: a deterrent. They’re taking it because they think they can get away with it.”
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