Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne has been stood down from riding after reportedly testing positive to a banned substance. The revelation comes to light after the results of a urine sample provided by Payne at the Swan Hill cup meeting on June 11th.
Racing Victoria stewards will run an inquiry Thursday 29th of June.
A report from Racing Analytical Services Limited confirmed the presence of Phentermine which is a prescription appetite suppressant and a banned substance.
The ramifications of the hearing could be quite wide spread with a movie of Paynes life and historic Melbourne Cup win currently getting started.
Michelle Payne has been an inspiration for many aspiring young woman and showed that against all odds just about anything is achievable.
It is understood many jockey’s struggle to maintain their weights for riding often starving themselves and going through vigorous training resumes to keep the weight off.
The Minimum riding weight in Australia is 53kg’s for jockeys riding in the city and 54kg’s for country tracks. Riding weights include the saddle and associated riding equipment but excludes the skull cap and whip.
While she can expect a ban it is unsure how long, we here at puntr are hoping for a very short ban and be back riding soon.
Michelle Payne has received a four week ban and was back dated to when she was stood down on June 23rd and will be eligible to ride again after July 21st.
Payne told the hearing she was prescribed the Phentermine to treat gastrointestinal problems that had been connected to her injuries suffered from a bad fall last year.