Brisbane jockey suspended for a month on failed drug test

By: Mark Mazzaglia
March 28th, 2012

Prominent Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne has been stood down for four weeks for failing a drug test while riding at the Doomben barrier trials last month.

Jim Byrne

Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne has been suspended for a month after failing a drug test - photo (c) Daniel Costello

Byrne pleaded guilty at yesterday’s inquiry when Racing Queensland Stewards charged him with presenting himself to ride at the official Doomben trials on February 14 with a banned drug in his system.

The analyst’s report from a sample taken from Byrne was found to contain the banned substance didesmethylsibutramine, which is a metabolite of the anorectic, sibutramine.

Sibutramine is used in weight loss supplements but many products with this drug have been withdrawn from the market in many countries including Australia.

Byrne was suspended from riding for four weeks, commencing from the date he was originally stood down, March 16 and can resume riding on April 13 in time for the start of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Byrne is currently sitting third on the jockey’s table with forty-four wins, one win below second positioned Tim Bell. Both riders are way off the pace set by premiership leader Chris Mince who has racked up seventy-one wins so far this season.

The Queensland Jockeys Association (QJA) is hosting a Kristy Banks Golf Day on Sunday, April 22 at the Dalby Golf Club to raise much needed funds for Kristy after her race fall on New Year’s Eve at Clifford Park, Toowoomba.

A round of golf will cost $25 and as well as prizes for first place, the longest drive and nearest the pin, there will be raffles, auctions and a lucky door prize.

Call Dalby Golf Club to book a round of golf on (07) 4662 4622 or go to

The items available for the auction held on the golf day are:

1.    Seven nights’ accommodation at Kings Beach for four (4) people

2.    An $800 set of new car tyres

3.    A $600 car window tint

4.    Various paintings

5.    Numerous gift vouchers

The QJA has also organised a silent auction which you can bid on before April 22 by calling Jim Cook on 0419 676 104 with your highest offer. Jim will advise the highest bidders of each item prior to the golf day.

Items for the silent auction include:

1.    One jockey vest

2.    Three saddles

3.    Two whips

4.    Two girths

5.    Two surcingles

6.    Two saddle cloths

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