Shoemark suspended after drugs test failure
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.