Horse Racing

Jockey warned off for six months

Queensland stewards have warned off a jockey from all Australian racecourses for six months after he pleaded guilty to a urine substitution scheme.

Urine samples provided by north Queensland jockey Kerry Rockett on two separate occasions in September and October last year were found upon DNA analysis to be from another donor.

Rockett, who is currently unlicensed after serving a 12-month disqualification for another matter, faced two breaches under AR 139(1)(b); which states: A rider breaches these Australian Rules if the rider refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes, or in any way hinders the collection of, a sample or attempts to do any of those things.

Queensland chief steward Peter Chadwick said he was disappointed that a jockey would attempt to flout the testing regime and the rules of racing in this way.

“The consequences of these actions are harsh and should serve as a deterrent to all participants that the integrity of the Commission’s testing procedures is paramount,” Chadwick said.

Rockett’s warned-off period commenced on Monday and will remain in place until May 16, 2021.

Originally published asJockey warned off after urine substitution scam

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