Jockey Adrian McCarthy has been banned for six months after his positive cocaine sample went 1000 TIMES above the limit … as he exposes the battle with drug and alcohol addiction
- Adrian McCarthy was banned from racing for six months on Thursday
- The veteran jockey tested positive for cocaine in Chelmsford last year
- The 42-year-old revealed his battle with addiction during the disciplinary hearing
Jockey Adrian McCarthy has not been allowed to drive for six months
Veteran jockey Adrian McCarthy told a disciplinary hearing that he was trying to take his own life, such was his dependence on drugs and alcohol.
McCarthy appeared before a panel after testing positive for cocaine at a race meeting in Chelmsford on Oct. 15.
His sample contained 1,000 times the amount of the drug required to give a positive test.
He has been banned for six months, retroactive to October 22.
He will be available to return to the track at the end of April.
The 42-year-old told the hearing, according to The sun: ‘Last year and the year before I was really depressed. I now use tablets and receive counseling.
‘I’ve had counseling in the past – and I’ve tried to end my life too. I didn’t care about myself, about anything, to be here.
His sample contained 1,000 times the amount of the drug required to give a positive test
“I used drugs – cocaine – and drank to make things better, but they only made things worse. I look forward to being positive and looking forward to the future. I am in a much better place than before and I enjoy my job.
“We all make mistakes and I regret it, but we all need to look ahead and work hard.”
Another jockey, Finley Marsh, has also been banned for six months in a separate drug-related court hearing.
The 22-year-old skipped a meeting in Kempton after being informed of the presence of drug testing officials.
He admitted that he had decided not to attend the drug while playing poker with friends earlier in the week.