Leung's return from ban on hold as more samples tested

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 March, 2011, 12:00am

Apprentice Kevin Leung Ka-wai has again been stood down from riding - even before his scheduled return next week after a six-month ban for a positive test to the drug ketamine.

Last September, Leung (pictured) became the second Hong Kong-based jockey to test positive for ketamine after a random test taken at Sha Tin. He was suspended for six months, with the penalty ending next Tuesday.

However, Jockey Club stewards announced yesterday the 22-year-old was stood down from riding after that date has passed.

As a condition of Leung's return to riding, he had agreed to provide hair and urine samples during his period of penalty, as and when requested by the Jockey Club.

On Monday, Leung was interviewed by the stewards panel regarding two reports by the club's chief analyst, Dr Terence Wan See-ming.

Those reports dealt with samples provided by Leung on January 31 and the stewards' release said: 'After interviewing Leung, and upon obtaining his consent, the stewards directed that further samples of his hair be provided and these samples are to be analysed by the club's racing laboratory, and also by a suitably accredited independent laboratory.

'The stewards also directed that until the results of the analysis of these further hair samples are received and considered by the stewards, Leung's licence remains suspended until March 7 and beyond that date he is stood down.

'Further, the stewards directed Leung not to return to the apprentice jockeys' hostel until further notice.'

The other rider to return a positive test to ketamine, Marco Chui Kwan-lai, was banned for six months on the first occasion in 2009, then for a further year when he tested positive a second time in early 2010.

Chui's penalty ended on February 18 but he was not relicensed after failing to show cause why he should be permitted to ride again.