Shoe­mark sus­pended af­ter drugs test fail­ure

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FLAT jockey Kieran Shoe­mark is fac­ing a lengthy sus­pen­sion af­ter fail­ing a drugs test, al­legedly for co­caine.

Shoe­mark has not rid­den since Novem­ber 24, with the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity con­firm­ing he has been stood down for their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The jockey, whose main backer is Roger Charl­ton, got his test re­sult at Kemp­ton on Novem­ber 28 and ‘ac­cepts full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his mis­takes’, ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sional Jock­eys As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Struthers.

Struthers said: “Kieran would like to sin­cerely apol­o­gise for his ac­tions that led to the pos­i­tive sam­ple. He ac­cepts full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his mis­takes.”

Shoe­mark, 22, rode 65 win­ners last year – in­clud­ing one at Royal As­cot – and came close to land­ing the cham­pion ap­pren­tice ti­tle, miss­ing out by one win to David Egan.

He suf­fered a fall at Ling­field in June which put him out of ac­tion for sev­eral weeks with bro­ken ribs and a punc­tured lung. He re­turned to the sad­dle in late Au­gust.

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