Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy Banned For Fourteen Months

The jockey has broken several regulations over the past year
18:30, 22 Feb 2022

Oisin Murphy, the three time and current Flat Champion Jockey, will not be seen riding on a racecourse until February 2023 after a fourteen-month ban was handed out by the BHA on Tuesday afternoon.

The ban is an accumulation of punishments for a range of offences the governing body brought against the 26-year-old at their headquarters in London. 

The charges relate to failed alcohol tests and breaching Covid regulations in the past eighteen months.

Murphy was found guilty of two breaches of Covid protocols in September 2020 when he returned from riding abroad and also two failed breath tests for alcohol, one in May last year and the other last October. The most recent followed a reported altercation with a bloodstock agent in Newmarket.

He received three bans of eleven months, to run concurrently, for the Covid breaches, plus 100 days combined for the two failed alcohol breath tests as well as a fine of over £30,000.

The Irishman did not contest the charges and accepted the bans which have been backdated to December 8th. This was the date Murphy surrendered is riding license to seek rehabilitation for a drinking problem he admitted spiralled out of control in the closing months of the season. Murphy pointed to the pressures of the Flat Jockeys championship battle with William Buick, a race he won by just two winners to secure a third straight title, as well as the BHA investigation into his covid breaches were reasons his alcohol intakes spiralled “out of control”. 

Murphy concluded his statement to the enquiry by saying “I could not undo the lies and deceit. Now that I am sober I am a different person and I am pretty sure I would not have made those errors sober, but I cannot go back in time and I am afraid they were grave issues.

“I dealt with success and failure the same. Drink was the rock I perished on. The day I picked up the championship trophy there was no element of joy in it for me. I admit all the breaches and just wish I could have dealt with them better.”

Murphy is adamant the drinking issue is now under control after seeking professional help.

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