The British Horseracing Authority is considering whether to suspend the licence of jockey Graham Gibbons after claims he switched his own urine sample with fellow rider Callum Shepherd.
Officials at Kempton’s twilight fixture on Wednesday made the claim against Gibbons regarding a sample for routine dope and alcohol testing.
A BHA spokesman confirmed that because of the seriousness of the allegation it was looking at whether to allow Gibbons to continue riding pending the completion of the investigation.
Gibbons, who served a five week ban after failing a breathalyser test in 2007, is scheduled to take seven mounts at Newcastle on Friday.
Gibbons and Shepherd, whose licence is unaffected, both had one ride each on the Kempton card.
Gibbons finished sixth on Button Up in the second division of a one-mile maiden event.
A stewards’ report on the BHA website said: “The stewards held an inquiry following a report from the clerk of the scales that Graham Gibbons, the rider of Button Up, had substituted the urine sample that he was required to produce with that of another rider, Callum Shepherd.
“Having heard evidence from the sampling officer, Graham Gibbons, Callum Shepherd, Paul Struthers, the chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association who accompanied Shepherd, and a valet, they forwarded a report to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority for further consideration.”
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