Son of horse racing major police 12 months suspension after testing positive for cocaine for second time in three years
- Patrick Scorse tested positive for cocaine after an April race meeting
- The 24-year-old has been suspended by Racing New South Wales for 12 months
- Scorse had also tested positive for cocaine in 2021
Jockey Patrick Scorse has been handed a 12-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine for the second time.
The 24-year-old, the son of former racing great John Scorse, returned positive on April 28 after a race meeting in Muswellbrook, New South Wales.
According to Seven Newstraces of benzoylecgonine – a metabolite of cocaine and banned under Australian race regulations – were found in the urine sample he provided.
The 24-year-old pleaded guilty and promised to seek professional help.
Seven News reported that Scorse had shown ‘sincere remorse’ during the Racing New South Wales inquiry and that officials were considering his ‘personal circumstances’ before handing down the verdict.
Patrick Scorse tested positive for cocaine after an April race meeting
The 24-year-old will be allowed to race again from June next year
It is Scorse’s second time testing positive for cocaine, after traces of the illegal drug were found in the system in 2021.
The ban is already in place, meaning the jockey will be allowed to return to the track in February 2024 and race freely from early June.
His suspension could reportedly be shortened if Racing New South Wales officials believe he has completed his professional coaching to a satisfactory level.
Scorse’s father won four Group 1 races and went on to take on the role of race presenter on Sky.