Troubled Chui's career looks over after failing to win back licence

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 January, 2011, 12:00am

Disqualified jockey Marco Chui Kwan-lai has failed to convince the Jockey Club's licensing committee his contract should be renewed for the remainder of this season and the troubled rider's career now looks all but over - pending his right of appeal.

Chui, 24, was disqualified for 12 months last January after returning a positive urine sample to the recreational drug ketamine, and the licensing committee yesterday turned down his application to have his licence renewed.

Chui (pictured) had a poor record with prohibited substances - he was banned for six months after testing positive for ketamine in May 2009 - and his latest positive on January 20, 2010, came only two months after he finished serving the six-month sentence for the initial offence.

Chui was champion apprentice in the 2007-08 season, but after finishing his apprenticeship the jockey struggled to build momentum as his career was continually hampered by suspensions.

The Club said 'consideration was given to verbal and written submissions tendered by Marco Chui together with his disciplinary records and other relevant documentation. The committee decided Chui had failed to 'show cause' as to why his application for a freelance licence for the remainder of the season ought to be granted'.