Jockey Adrian McCarthy is banned for six months after his positive cocaine sample came back 1,000 TIMES above the limit… as he reveals battle with drug and alcohol addiction
- Adrian McCarthy was given a six-month banning order for racing on Thursday
- The veteran jockey tested positive for cocaine at Chelmsford in October last year
- The 42-year-old revealed his battle with addiction at the disciplinary hearing
Jockey Adrian McCarthy has been banned from riding for six months
Veteran jockey Adrian McCarthy has told a disciplinary hearing that he attempted to take his own life, such was his dependency on drugs and alcohol.
McCarthy was appearing in front of a panel after testing positive for cocaine at a meet at Chelmsford on 15 October.
His sample contained 1,000 times the amount of the drug needed to provide a positive test.
He has been handed a six-month ban, backdated until October 22.
He will be available to return to the track towards the end of April.
The 42-year-old told the hearing, as per The Sun: ‘Last year and the year before I was really depressed. I’m on tablets now and am having counselling.
‘I’ve had counselling in the past – and I also tried taking my own life. I didn’t care about myself, about anything, about being here.
‘I was using drugs – cocaine – and drinking to try to make things better but they only make things worse. I’m looking forward to being positive and I’m looking to the future. I’m in a lot better place than I was before and I’m enjoying my work.
‘We all make mistakes and I regret it but we all have to look forward and work hard.’
He was found 1,000 times the amount of cocaine in his system need to give a positive sample
The 42-year-old missed Cheltenham (above) and won’t be able to return until the end of April