Champion Jockey Owen Murphy was sensationally expelled from his New Market ride after failing a breathing test.
The Irishman said it exploded below the drink-drive limit but exceeded the riding limit.
Murphy’s tweet read: “I was asked to take a breath test in New Market today.
“I flew below the drink drive limit but exceeded the ride limit.
“I apologize to all the people I have lost today. I take full responsibility. I will ride tomorrow.”
Jockey had previously failed a breathing test in July 2019 before meeting in Salisbury.
Murphy was banned in France in July last year after testing positive for cocaine.
ITV racing pundit Jason Weaver said after hearing the news: “Maybe he needs some help, maybe someone needs to move on.
“There must be a fine line between discipline and help.”
Murphy, 26, was removed from his ride on the Suffolk track at 1.15am before climbing the Fiorena.
He will remember the other four rides on the card, including his favorite Mise En Scene in Group 1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile.
Murphy currently tops the Flat Jockey rankings with 147 wins – 11 clearer than second-ranked William Buick – and a رقم 3.7 million prize money this season.
He was warned about failing a breath test two years ago when, after a disciplinary hearing, it was revealed that Murphy had given alcohol readings close to 50% of the jockey’s limit.
At this point, the jockey gave two breath test readings of 26 and 27 mcg per 100 ml.
The limit for jockeys in the race is 17 MCG. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
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Murphy, whose ban was halved after authorities accepted his defense of ‘sexual intercourse’, said: “I felt that the world had turned against me. I didn’t mean anything.
“I probably spent a few weeks thinking about what I should do.
“When I say, ‘I’m not going to get back on horseback’, I’m going to ride the streets and watch the show jumping and ride as a hobby, but whether I want to get on the race again. Not completely comfortable with.
“It’s something I’ve never seen before, certainly not in public.
“But I’m feeling great right now. I’m in spirit. But I need to get back.”
A statement from the British Horse Racing Authority read: “An inquiry was made following a report from the Equine Welfare Integrity / Collection Officer that Owisin Murphy, who was declared a rider on the Fiorena, had failed the breathalyzer test before the race.
“Murphy, Equine Welfare Integrity / Collection Officer, and Residue Assistant were interviewed. After hearing their evidence, the matter was referred to the BHA for further consideration, and Murphy was remanded for the rest of the day.”