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NZ Champ Jockey Lisa Cropp Guilty In 4-Year Drug Saga

Friday, 18th December 2009

New Zealand's Judicial Control Authority Committee yesterday found multiple premiership-winning jockey Lisa Cropp (NZ champion jockey in 2005-06 & 2006-07, plus runner-up last season) "guilty of a breach of Rule 528 of the Rules Of Racing" in the long-running saga over a charge laid in May 2005 (after a random test at Te Rapa) "following urine samples testing positive to methamphetamine & amphetamine". The JCAC added "penalty & costs will be determined at a later date, following a teleconference to be held next week". NZ Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Paul Bittar commented: "The processes employed by our integrity team to ensure standards of safety are upheld have been scrutinised & studied more than probably any other racing jurisdiction through this case & these processes, in particular our drug testing protocols, have been fully vindicated. NZTR is pleased to have now received the Committee's decision. Most importantly, this decision supports the strong line the industry takes on jockey safety & sends a clear message that prohibited substances will not be tolerated in our sport. It is regrettable that this case has taken so long to reach resolution but this was, in large part, a result of challenges on various issues heard through the High Court, the Court Of Appeal & the Supreme Court." (Mar 13)

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