Jockey admits using suppressant
PREMIER Rockhampton jockey Adrian Coome stands to lose a small fortune in riding fees and prizemoney percentages after being automatically stood down from race riding over the finding of the presence of an appetite suppressant in his system.
The shock finding, made known to Coome last Friday, has already proven expensive as he forfeited a busy book of race rides at Townsville yesterday as well as eight possible engagements at Rockhampton tomorrow.
Furthermore, Coome is resigned to having to relinquish the prize ride on Mackay filly Doubtfilly, considered one of the top prospects in the $110,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Coome rode the Stuart Kendrick Mackay-trained filly when she won the $110,000 2YO Fillies Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on January 21.
"I'll miss the Doubtfilly ride for sure," a disappointed Coome confirmed on Monday.
Highly acclaimed as a race-winning jockey throughout Queensland and now based at Mackay after dual premiership wins as the Rockhampton Jockey Club's lauded hoop, Coome's woes stem from a routine urine sample provided by him at Callaghan Park races on January 12.
"A sample test taken from jockey Coome and analysed by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory in Melbourne has returned a finding to phentermine which is an appetiser suppressant. He is now stood down from riding pending the result of the analysis of the split (second) sample vial," chief Rockhampton steward Luke Collins announced.
He said at the very earliest the result of that swab may not be known until later this week with Coome likely to front a stewards' inquiry next week.
Furthermore, Coome would be required to provide a "clear sample" before being permitted to ride again.
"In recent years I haven't had any problems with tests after having some trouble years ago through piss-pills (diuretics). I have been taking something to reduce my appetite," Coome forthrightly admitted yesterday.
Jockeys are banned from riding with appetite suppressants, diuretics and medicated drugs in their systems over permitted thresholds.
As Coome commands prized rides on Capricornia and North Queensland tracks, any period of suspension would cost him dearly.