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Graham Gibbons, who allegedly attempted to swap a sample of his urine for one provided Willie McCovey Youth Jersey by a young apprentice before a random drug test, will face a disciplinary panel in London on Thursday after it emerged that his own sample subsequently tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine.Gibbons, who was the leading jockey on the winter all-weather circuit at the time of the incident, faces a ban of up to three years if he is found to have “acted in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and/or good reputation of horseracing” by attempting to pass off a sample from Callum Shepherd as his own.
At least 10 riders were selected randomly for sampling by a British Horseracing Authority testing team at Kempton’s evening meeting on 7 December 2016. Reports at the time suggested Shepherd initially agreed to provide a sample for Gibbons, but then assisted the stewards and officials with an inquiry into alleged “sampling irregularity”.Gibbons agreed to stand down from riding “with immediate, indefinite effect” on 8 December after details emerged of the events the previous evening, and has not ridden in public since.
In 17 seasons in the saddle he has ridden more than 1,000 winners including victories at Group Two and Group Three level, and was on course to reach 100 winners in a calendar year for the first time in his career at the time of the Kempton incident. Gibbons also has a history of problems relating to alcohol. He was suspended from riding for 35 days after failing a breath test in 2007 before a meeting at Hamilton, and banned from driving for four years in 2011 after being found asleep in his car outside his Yorkshire home after driving from a local pub. A subsequent blood test showed that Gibbons was three times over the limit.The presence of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in Gibbons’s sample from Kempton was only revealed on Wednesday, when the BHA published the official notice of Thursday’s hearing. He is the 13th jockey to test positive for cocaine in Britain since testing was introduced in 1994, and could expect to face a six-month ban from riding as a result. His apparent attempt to cheat the system, however, has led to an additional charge under the disrepute Jonathan Ericsson Womens Jersey rule, which carries a maximum penalty of a three-year ban.
The panel on Thursday is also expected to formally conclude the racing career of Dale Swift, who took the Ebor Handicap at York in 2011 aboard Moyenne Corniche. Swift has not ridden since April, when he announced his retirement from the saddle because of increasing weight problems.It has now emerged that Swift, who served a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine in 2015, returned a second positive for the same drug when sampled at Southwell racecourse on 29 March.
There was little movement on Wednesday in the outright betting on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with the market awaiting the announcement on Friday of the final field and draw, but Ladbrokes decided to close betting on Ryan Moore’s mount at Chantilly after seeing money only for Order Of St George, the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup winner and third home in last year’s race.Limato, an impressive winner of the Group One Prix de la Foret on the Arc undercard last season, has been ruled out of this year’s renewal due to the likelihood of soft ground on Sunday, while the connections of Marsha, who will attempt a repeat win in the Prix de l’Abbaye, are also concerned about the likely conditions at Chantilly.“ We won’t be using it as an excuse if she gets beaten, though. She’s heading to the December sales like Elite [Racing Club, Marsha’s owners] tend to do, but the syndicate do have a few of her siblings, who are now very valuable.She’s run well on soft ground at Goodwood,” William Butler, assistant to Sir Mark Prescott, Marsha’s trainer, said. “We’ll just have to hope they don’t get too much more rain. She’s all speed and there’s no doubt that she’d prefer better ground.”
There were more laments but they did not last for ever. Hazard set Morata away from deep inside his half. He and Hernández raced, side by side. The Chelsea striker held Hernández off and reached the area first, nudging the ball past Oblak – and just past a post.With eight minutes Giants Jersey remaining Giants Authentic Jersey and Redwing Jersey perhaps Redwing Authentic Jersey an eye on Manchester City on Saturday, Conte removed the men who had most damaged Atlético. Hazard departed and so did Morata, whistled as he went. Their work here was done. Willian and Batshuayi came on with work still to do.


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