Cook banned for six months
Jockey, Danny Cook has been banned for six months for testing positive for cocaine after a BHA inquiry. Cook, who has thirty one winners to his name this season, tested positive at Musselburgh last month and has not ridden since the BHA informed him of the result.
BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey confirmed the finding at today’s hearing: “Danny has been banned for six months. The ban will be backdated to when Danny stopped riding on February 24.”
Speaking on behalf of Cook after the hearing, Mac Neice said: “Danny made what he describes as a catastrophic error of judgement in taking cocaine when on a rare night-out earlier this year.
“On being informed by the BHA of the positive test, he immediately indicated that he did not want the B sample tested, that he accepted the finding, and that he was responsible for his actions. He asked to appear before the disciplinary panel as quickly as possible and did so this morning.
“He has been given a six-month suspension which is line with the BHA’s penalty guidance and Danny entirely accepts that penalty.
“Danny has been grateful for the many positive messages of support that he has received including from people he has ridden for and he hopes that he might be able to repay that support on his return from the suspension.”
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