Kennedy to face inquiry over positive test

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Jockey Ben Kennedy faces a stewards’ inquiry this Friday after results of a urine sample taken at the Mt Barker Grapes and Gallops meeting on January 22 detected banned substances amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Racing and Wagering WA stewards released the findings last Friday after Kennedy’s urine sample was tested at the ChemCentre in Perth and returned the two illegal substances.

Under provisions of AR.81A (3), Kennedy was stood down from riding from February 14, and faces an inquiry this Friday at 10.30am in the stewards’ room at Ascot, which he is required to attend.

The sample was one of several random urine samples taken from the jockeys riding at the Mt Barker meeting featuring the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint.

All jockeys were breath-tested before riding on the day, and all returned negative tests.

Kennedy rode in the rich sprint feature race, aboard the Roy Rogers-trained Potent Secret, which ran fifth.

The 24-year-old had five rides on the day and ran fourth on both Money Trainer and Recapitulate.

He rode Recapitulate to victory for Rogers in Albany on February 2 and rode in the opening race at the last Great Southern meet, also in Albany, on February 12, before forfeiting the rest of his rides after stewards were informed he was feeling unwell and had stomach cramps.

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