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Top NZ Jockey Harris 21-Months Ban For "Sample Switch"
NZ's Judicial Control Authority disqualified prominent jockey Troy Harris for 21 months for "attempting to substitute a urine sample" at a Matamata race meeting on March 17. NZ Thoroughbred Racing chief racecourse inspector John McKenzie told the hearing how Harris was told he could not leave the course without providing a urine sample, but after 4 hours of failing to produce a sample he ignored the instruction & left the track. McKenzie said Harris's actions "clearly indicated he was attempting to conceal drug use of a higher level than the diuretics jockeys use to control their weight". Harris subsequently provided a voluntary sample at Te Rapa racecourse 3 days after the Matamata meeting & it tested negative to any banned drug. Harris was disqualified for 3 months last year for testing positive to cannabis.