CHAMPION jockey Oisin Murphy has been hit with a three-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.
The suspension will take effect from December 11 and he will be unable to resume riding until March 11.
The leading rider, 25, has denied taking cocaine but he says he will not appeal the decision of French racing ruling body France Galop.
Jockeys who have previously tested positive for cocaine in France have been given six month bans.
But French stewards were persuaded by a combination of evidence from a hair test and Murphy’s own testimony that he was contaminated after having sex with a person he later discovered to be a user, cutting his ban in half.
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