Doleuze allowed to ride but faces inquiry into positive urine test for banned substance

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am

Stewards have adjourned to a date to be fixed an inquiry into a positive urine test result returned by jockey Olivier Doleuze but the French rider was cleared to ride at Happy Valley last night.

A sample provided by Doleuze at the March 9 Valley meeting had shown positive to acetazolamide, banned under the rule as a diuretic but also found in eye treatments. Stewards did not stand Doleuze down, as would normally be the case with any positive test, when it was confirmed that he had been prescribed treatment for an eye problem which contained the drug and pending a fresh sample. That new sample came back negative late yesterday afternoon and Doleuze was permitted to ride but he still faces an inquiry into the presence of the prohibited substance.

Jockey Darren Beadman was replaced on his mounts last night, however, after a fall from Master Gunner whilst working on the Sha Tin course proper yesterday morning. Beadman is expected to ride at the Derby meeting on Sunday, then will miss next Wednesday's midweek fixture as he will travel to Dubai to ride Golden Shaheen contender Dim Sum in trackwork.