Davy Russell fails to attend drugs test

Cork born jockey, Davy Russell has been referred to the Irish Turf Club after failing to attend a drug test during racing at Naas on Sunday.

The retained rider of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown operation was called to the testing unit at the Kildare track but had failed to appear before the last race.

A stewards’ statement, released on behalf of the track, read: “The stewards received a report from Mr Al Guy, doping control officer, that D.N. Russell, rider, had failed to present himself for a dope test at the time required.

“And, having been given a fair chance to attend the dope testing unit, had still failed to attend by 5.33pm. Evidence was also heard from Mr Joseph Mallon, security officer. Having considered the report, the stewards referred this matter to the Turf Club for further investigation”.

Russell had previously “failed” a similar test but was later cleared after it transpired that it was the alcohol in a mouthwash that was responsible for his high reading.


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