Murphy denies taking cocaine after positive drugs test

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Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy has insisted he ‘will fight' to clear his name after testing positive for cocaine in France. 

Murphy strongly denies having ever taken drugs, and is now waiting the results of a B sample, having returned a positive A sample after riding at Chantilly in July.

The 25-year-old was informed of the positive test on August 19 and immediately provided hair samples to prove his innocence - which have tested negative. 

He is now waiting the results of the B sample, and faces a lengthy ban if found guilty. 

In a statement on social media, he said: “I have never taken cocaine in my life and I will fight to clear my name. 

“I want to thank those who are supporting me in the meantime and I want to keep riding winners and focus on my career. 

“I will have no further comment to make and wish to respect the processes of France Galop.”

Murphy is currently 13 wins clear of William Buick at the top of the Jockey’s Championship at the time of writing, as he bids to win the title for the second year running. 

Both Frankie Dettori and Kieron Fallon have fallen foul of the regulations in the past, with the former being banned for 12 months in 2012, and Fallon being suspended on two occasions in 2006 and 2008.

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