Toowoomba jockey Jason Warrington has been disqualified for three years by Racing Queensland Stewards after returning a positive drug test for the third time.
Warrington was also suspended for three months for causing a nasty fall at the Gold Coast on January 21, the same day he failed the drug test.
Stewards found Warrington guilty of reckless riding near the 400m in the Jim Hook Maiden Plate (1200m) when he moved out on Dwan causing apprentice Tegan Harrison on Carlson’s Gold to fall heavily.
At the conclusion of the inquiry stewards told Warrington he exhibited a “lack of regard for his fellow riders” which resulted in “a number of jockeys being placed in actual and potential danger”.
Warrington was also charged with presenting himself to ride at the Gold Coast on January 21 when a urine sample taken from him, upon analysis, was found to contain the banned substance cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to the drugs charge and as it was Warrington’s third charge for the same offence, Stewards handed out the hefty sentence of three years.
Stewards stated that they were “satisfied that had jockey Warrington complied with the Rules of Racing he would not have presented himself to ride and the consequences resulting from him competing at the meeting would not have flowed.”
Warrinngton’s disqualification is to start immediately and will expire on March 12, 2015.