Robert Havlin: set to be banned for six months by French stewards
PICTURE: Hugh Routledge
JOCKEY Robert Havlin plans to appeal after being banned for six months by French stewards after he tested positive for a prohibited substance.
After Havlin rode at Saint-Cloud on October 30 last year, he was tested and found to have five prohibited substances in his biological sample, including morphine.
In a statement, France Galop said: “The stewards of France Galop have been advised by the Medical Commission that jockey Robert Havlin’s biological sample carried out on Saint-Cloud racecourse on October 30, 2016, revealed the presence of two prohibited substances classified as narcotics including morphine and three prohibited substances classified as psychotropic by article 143 of the Code des Courses au Galop.”
It continued: “Given the positive result [of] a narcotic and its metabolites present in the biological sample of the jockey Robert Havlin, this is a serious breach of article 143 of the rules of racing of France Galop whose objective is to preserve the health and safety of all riders participating in a race, including their own.”
Havlin’s French solicitor Florence Gaudilliere said: “We will appeal the decision of France Galop. Mr Havlin is innocent and the counter analyses will prove it.
Havlin enjoyed his best-ever year in 2016 by number of winners, with 81 successes, 55 of them for John Gosden. He had managed four wins from 31 rides so far in Britain in 2017.
Any ban in France would be expected to carry over into Britain, due to an agreement between France Galop and the BHA.
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