Apprentice jockey Kevin Leung faces loss of his riding licence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 April, 2011, 12:00am


Apprentice jockey Kevin Leung Ka-wai's career is in the balance after stewards yesterday ordered him to a 'show cause' hearing before the Jockey Club's licensing committee over positive drug tests.

Leung, 22, became the second Hong Kong-based jockey to test positive for ketamine after a random urine sample at Sha Tin on September 5. He was suspended for six months but was again stood down just a week before he was due to resume riding.

During his ban, Leung was required to provide urine and hair samples to the Jockey Club and analysts raised issues with a hair sample provided on January 31.

The jockey was stood down on February 28, submitted a further hair sample for independent testing and ordered not to return to the apprentices' hostel 'until further notice'.

After receiving a certificate of analysis from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Australia last Thursday, which confirmed the presence of 'a prohibited substance' and its metabolite in the hair sample, stewards reopened their inquiry yesterday and took further evidence before assessing his suitability to continue riding.

The prohibited substance from the February 28 sample was not identified, but a recommendation has been sent to the licensing committee that Leung show cause why his licence should continue.

Marco Chui Kwan-lai was barred for a positive ketamine test, following an initial six-month suspension with another year for testing positive a second time shortly after returning from the first penalty. Chui was then ordered to appear at a show-cause hearing. His plea was refused.

Career in the balance

The age of apprentice jockey Kevin Leung, who is facing Jockey Club action over drug tests: 22