15 Oct 2008

Leading jockey faces lifetime ban

7:05 pm on 15 October 2008

The career of leading jockey Opie Bosson is on the line, having been charged with providing a urine sample for another jockey.

Bosson allegedly provided a urine sample for drug testing for fellow jockey Bruce Herd, when Herd was tested at a Te Rapa meeting in Hamilton earlier this month.

Simon Cooper of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing says Herd has been stood down from racing subject to a judicial hearing, while Bosson can continue riding at this stage but the pair both face lifetime bans and a fine of up to $25,000 if found guilty.

It means Bosson will be able to ride Princess Coup in next week's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.