banned substances

Drug and alcohol testing of jockeys  is co-ordinated by the Chief Medical Adviser of the BHA and is carried out on their behalf by Concateno, the largest provider of employment based drug screening in Europe.

The emphasis in racing is on testing jockeys for any product that is performance impairing (e.g. alcohol, cocaine and cannabis). Unlike some sports where the use of a proprietary nasal decongestant could result in a lengthy suspension, the focus is on providing a safe arena for competition in the most dangerous of all professional sports.  Any impairment of performance could not only pose a serious risk to the safety of the jockey concerned but it could also put other jockey’s lives at risk.

Testing days are split between breathalyser-only testing days and urine-only testing days.

On a breathalyser testing day, all the jockeys riding at that particular meeting will be tested, and anyone failing the test twice will be stood down from riding for the day. Further disciplinary action will depend on the levels of alcohol found.

On urine testing days, up to 12 riders are chosen by ballot and the urine is tested for performance impairing drugs as mentioned above.

A full list of Banned and Notifiable Medications can be found here

The Testing Protocol can be found here.

Penalties and thresholds for positive tests can be found here