Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon tests positive to ice; steward insists there’s no drug problem   Leave a comment

Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon tests positive to ice; steward insists there’s no drug problem

McMahon has been stood down indefinitely after a urine test allegedly found methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, in his system.

Jockey Ric McMahon has been stood down from riding. Picture: Tara Croser

Jockey Ric McMahon has been stood down indefinitely from riding. Picture: Tara Croser Source: News Corp Australia

AS RIC McMahon became the second Queensland jockey this year to test positive to methamphetamine, chief steward Allan Reardon insisted there was not a widespread drug problem in riding ranks.

Skilful rider: Ric McMahon. Picture: Josh Woning

Skilful rider: Ric McMahon. Picture: Josh Woning Source:News Corp Australia

Promising apprentice jockey Matthew McGillivray was this year banned for four months after he tested positive to methamphetamines and MDMA in a urine test at the Doomben jump-outs.

Stewards have now stood down McMahon, the son of former Brisbane Norths rugby league winger Shane “Cocky” McMahon, pending the result of a second test sample which may not be known for 10 days.

Family and friends rallied on Friday around the popular jockey who has been going through some tough times in the past few months.

He has struggled to keep his weight down, and methamphetamine can have appeal to jockeys as a stimulant and appetite suppressant.

New Zealand racing officials say there is a ‘’culture of meth’’ use within Kiwi racing.

However, Queensland chief steward Reardon said frequent drug testing showed there was not a major drug problem among jockeys in this state.

‘’We do a fair bit of testing and the results aren’t there to substantiate that there is a drug problem,’’ he said.

McMahon was replaced on rides at Gatton on Friday and Doomben on Saturday and could be facing a lengthy ban if the B-sample test is positive.

Queensland Jockeys’ Association president Glen Prentice pledged to offer him the organisation’s full support.

Ric McMahon gives Doomben winner Whittington the thumbs up in late May.

Ric McMahon gives Doomben winner Whittington the thumbs up in late May. Source: News Corp Australia

Cobalt appeal result within fortnight

THE result of an appeal by north Queensland trainer Glen Baker against his two-year disqualification for a cobalt offence should be known within a fortnight.

Baker was disqualified last month after a high reading of cobalt was found in a sample taken from French Lesson who won at Doomben in January.

He did not appeal his conviction but disputed the length of his penalty, arguing cobalt should be treated no differently to other positive swabs.

Originally published as Steward positive there’s no drug problem

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Posted July 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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