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Jockey Banned for Six Months After Admitting to Taking Cocaine Before a Race

, Jockey Banned for Six Months After Admitting to Taking Cocaine Before a Race

A jockey has been banned for six months after confessing to taking cocaine before a race. Ray Dawson, who has previously battled with alcohol addiction, estimated that he consumed "eight or nine lines" of the drug on a night out before the race. The ban was imposed by the BHA independent disciplinary panel.

Struggles with Addiction and Relapse

Dawson, who has been open about his struggles with alcohol, had been abstinent for most of the past five years. However, a bad break-up with the mother of his child at the end of 2022 led to his second relapse. This ultimately resulted in the night when he took cocaine.

Reckless Decision and Serious Consequences

Dawson admitted that he had been drinking at a pub in Newmarket when a stranger offered him cocaine. He estimated that he consumed eight or nine lines of the drug, and was subsequently tested at Bath racecourse the next day, where he rode five horses. The BHA disciplinary panel chair, Tim Grey, emphasized the dangers and illegality of cocaine use, as well as the risks it poses to fellow jockeys, the public, and the reputation of the sport. Grey described Dawson's decision to accept drugs from an unknown man as "reckless in the extreme."

Six-Month Ban and Future Career

As a result of his actions, Dawson has been banned for six months, with the ban backdated from September 1, meaning he will be banned until March. The chair of the disciplinary panel expressed hope that this ban would serve as an incentive for Dawson to continue his abstinence in the future. The jockey's statement thanked the BHA and the panel for their handling of the matter and stated his intention to return to race-riding in the spring, pending approval from the BHA regarding his recovery.

, Jockey Banned for Six Months After Admitting to Taking Cocaine Before a Race

Dawson opened up about his struggle with addiction in 2021 and how he had turned his life around following a car crash in 2019, where he was under the influence of alcohol. Dawson has achieved notable successes on the track, including winning the 2022 Duke of Cambridge and the 2023 Listed Queensferry Stakes.

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