Jockey Club clears Shea of doping

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am

A urine sample taken from jockey Kevin Shea 10 days ago returned a positive to Midazolam, a prohibited substance under the rules of racing, but a quickly convened inquiry chose to take no action against the South African. Midazolam, or metabolite alpha-hydroxy-midazolam, was identified in Shea's sample, collected at the November 11 meeting. Midazolam is useful for minor procedures such as dental extraction. Shea attended Raymond Chow's clinic on November 9 for surgical extraction of an impacted tooth. The stewards found that, in the unique circumstances of the case, it was not appropriate to charge Shea with a breach of the rules.