Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has admitted he contemplated quitting the saddle following the fallout to the three-month drug ban he received last year.

A urine sample of Murphy’s tested positive for metabolites of cocaine during a drugs test in France in July, and the rider was originally suspended for six months.

But the suspension was later halved and although the jockey was  absolved of taking cocaine himself, he admitted to making a “massive error” in exposing himself to the environmental contamination of the drug.

The three-month suspension issued by France Galop will expire on March 11 and, while Murphy successfully retained his Flat jockeys’ championship title in the autumn, he candidly revealed to the My Sporting Mind Podcast how much he had struggled mentally.

‘I wasn’t sure if I wanted to ride again’

“I felt like the world had turned against me, over something I didn’t really mean to happen,” Murphy said.

Full article on Racing Post.

Pic: Daily Mail.

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