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A jockey who was banned for taking drugs was taking cocaine up to four times a week.
Philip Prince tested positive for the drug – at an incredible 56 times over the limit – when he was tested during Wolverhampton races in November.
He was subsequently given a six-month ban from the sport after a review by the British Horse Racing Authority disciplinary panel.
Prince has now opened up on and apologised for his use of cocaine, as the alarming rates in which he took the drug have come to light.
He admitted that he took the drug 'three to four times a week'.
Speaking on behalf of the BHA, Tomas Nolan told a hearing: “He [Prince] stated that he used the drug as a pick-me-up, something which can lift his mood.
“He couldn't recall when he started using but identified a party at Christmas in 2019 as a possible start point.”
Prince is currently on a six-week rehab programme, having tested positive after riding Itmakesyouthink to a fifth-place in the 7f handicap event three months ago.
With the BHA’s threshold at 150ng/ml, the jockey produced a result of 8,450 ng/ml – more than 50 times the limit.
Rory Mac Neice, Prince’s representative, said: “He is now rebuilding his life and, in time, his career in horseracing, whatever that might look like.
“He does fully acknowledge that, quite appropriately, he will be subject to enhanced testing if he rides again, possibly for the entirety of his riding career.”
Prince has issued an apology for his actions.
“I would like to start by apologising to everyone I let down and to the wider sport and also to thank everyone that has helped me though this difficult time.
“I’d also like to thank Rory Mac Neice, Paul Struthers, Sporting Chance and the team at Steps Together.
“Without them I would not be in recovery and in the positive mind state which I am in now.
“I’d also like to thank the BHA for their help, support and understanding through the entire process.
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“I am still at Steps Together and without this place I would still be in active addiction.
“I am now looking forward to my future back in racing and free from addiction and being me again.
“I am finally back in a positive frame of mind and looking forward to the future, which is looking much brighter for me personally than it was not so long ago.”
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