Champion flat jockey Oisin Murphy has admitted he noticed “cocaine was current” the evening earlier than he examined optimistic for the drug in July.
Chatting with BBC Sport after his three-month ban, Murphy mentioned he has to “reside with the implications” of not eradicating himself from the scenario instantly.
Murphy, 25, maintained he didn’t take the drug, which investigators accepted.
He testified he had intercourse with a girl on the eve of racing and later found she was an occasional cocaine consumer.
The Irishman mentioned his hair pattern offers “black and white” proof that the traces in his system have been attributable to environmental contamination.
However he added he must “put issues proper” and should make modifications to his private life to assist repair the reputational harm.
“That is going to go down on my CV – no one goes to overlook about this in a single day,” he mentioned.
“I’ve projected myself as a very good ambassador for the game however clearly a very good ambassador for the game would not fail a drug take a look at, regardless of how minimal that amount is.”
Murphy’s pattern was taken at Chantilly races on 19 July, and he was knowledgeable a month later that he had examined optimistic. He mentioned he felt a “numbing sensation” following the information.
France Galop, the French racing authority, issued his three-month ban on 27 November, which he’ll serve from 11 December to 11 March.
He had been going through a ban of six months, the identical penalty given to Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon after they examined optimistic for cocaine. Fallon subsequently served an 18-month ban following a second optimistic take a look at.
However France Galop mentioned: “This choice takes into consideration the defence and scientific proof introduced by the jockey and his counsel throughout a listening to on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.”
Explaining his model of how cocaine acquired into his system, Murphy – who received the two,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Kameko – recalled the night of 18 July after he had been racing at Newbury.
“I grew to become conscious of a scenario the place cocaine was current in my surroundings and I noticed it there and did not take away myself from that scenario instantly,” he mentioned.
“While you signal in your jockey’s licence yearly you’ve got to abide by the principles.
“That was my error, and I very a lot haven’t any self-pity. I made a mistake and I’ve acquired to reside with the implications.”
He added: “I acquired up the following morning and went to France and thought nothing of it. However I ought to have thought far more of it and that was the block I’ve chanced on.”
Murphy’s defence case referenced a sexual encounter the evening earlier than his optimistic pattern, which may have led to transmission by the alternate of bodily fluids or floor contamination.
Requested about this, Murphy mentioned: “It’s extremely onerous to say precisely, as a result of the brink in France is 50 nanograms, so very a lot in the event you contact an space repeatedly two or thrice over a interval of hours then you’ll fail that drug take a look at.
“So it’s totally onerous to pinpoint precisely the way it was transmitted however it was and that’s apparent and clear.”
Murphy mentioned he’ll do charity work to fill the void throughout his enforced break from the game, and also will use his suspension to replicate on his life-style.
“I really feel just like the sentence matches the crime,” he mentioned.
“I made a large error and I am lacking out on lots. I needs to be in Japan this time of the yr, I like using there.
“I’ll miss the large races in Saudi Arabia and Tremendous Saturday in Dubai.
“However I must put issues proper and I would like to make use of my time over the following three months to do the fitting factor and take the fitting steps. This can be a enormous lesson.”