Jockey warned off racecourses after urine swap
17 November 2020
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has warned off North Queensland jockey Kerry Rockett from all Australian racecourses for six months after he pleaded guilty to substituting two urine samples with another person’s urine.
The urine samples Mr Rockett provided on two separate occasions in September and October last year were found upon DNA analysis to be from another donor.
Mr Rockett who is currently unlicensed after serving a 12-month disqualification for another matter faced two breaches under AR 139(1)(b);
A rider breaches these Australian Rules if the rider refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes, or in any way hinders the collection of, a sample or attempts to do any of those things.
Chief Thoroughbred Steward Peter Chadwick has expressed his disappointment that a jockey would attempt to flout the Commission’s testing regime and the rules of racing in this way.
“The consequences of these actions are harsh and should serve as a deterrent to all participants that the integrity of the Commission’s testing procedures is paramount,” he said.
Mr Rockett’s warned off period commenced yesterday and will remain in place until 16 May 2021.
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