Lengthy ban for jockey

Victorian jockey Patrick Holmes has been banned for four months after returning a sample containing a banned substance at Swan Hill last month.

Victorian jockey Patrick Holmes has been banned for four months after returning a sample containing a banned substance at Swan Hill last month.

JOCKEY Patrick Holmes has become the second jockey to be suspended for returning a sample containing a banned substance at last month’s Swan Hill Carnival.

Holmes, 30, pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge under Australian Rule of Racing (AR) 81A after a sample taken at Swan Hill on June 10 was found to contain an undisclosed substance prohibited by AR81B.

“Stewards concluded the inquiry into the Analysts report regarding a sample taken from jockey Patrick Holmes at the Swan Hill on Saturday, June 10, 2017,” the stewards’ report from Friday’s Bendigo meet read.

“After taking into account Patrick Holmes’ personal circumstances and guilty plea, Stewards suspended his permit to ride in races for a period of 4 months and until such time as he delivers a sample free of any banned substances from which time he may resume riding trackwork and trials.”

The four-month suspension has been backdated to when Holmes was stood down from racing on June 27.

The suspension comes less than a fortnight after Melbourne Cup winning jockey was suspended for a month for producing a urine sample containing banned appetite suppressant Phentermine, also at Swan Hill.

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