Talking Horses: rising star De la Sayette suspended over cocaine test

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 21 April 2021

The jockey who took the Lincoln Handicap on his first professional ride on turf last month has licence taken away

The burgeoning career of the apprentice jockey Benoît de la Sayette, who took the Lincoln Handicap on his first professional ride on turf last month, came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday morning when it was revealed that the 18-year-old has tested positive for cocaine.

Shortly after De la Sayette’s win on Haqeeqy at Doncaster, a video circulated on social media which claimed to show the rider at a party where cocaine was being used a few hours after his success. The rider, who is attached to the stable of the champion trainer John Gosden, denied the allegation, claiming the video was taken in October 2019. He was supported by the Professional Jockeys’ Association, which issued a statement on his behalf stating he “did not and does not take cocaine”.

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