Tasmanian stewards have banned a jockey for a year after the rider tested positive to methamphetamine.

Troy Baker received the penalty after analysts detected the drug, also known as ‘ice’, in a urine sample taken from him at a meeting on May 24.

Stewards stood down Baker on June 17 before suspending for a year after finding the jockey guilty of a breach of AR81A(1)(a).

Baker failed to enter a plea to the charge while stewards also considered the fact the offence was the jockey’s second breach of the rule as well as his personal circumstances.

Stewards also suspended Baker’s licence to ride trackwork for six months.

Baker will be able to ride work from December 18 providing he submits a urine sample free of banned substances beforehand.

Baker will also need to produce a clean urine sample before he resumes race riding on June 18 next year.

Baker won the Tasmanian Derby aboard the outsider Geegees Classicboy at Elwick on February 6.


Brad Waters

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