Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Melbourne Cup winner Payne to face stewards in doping case

Melbourne Cup winner Payne to face stewards in doping case

The Daily Telegraph reports Racing Victoria stewards are investigating jockey Michelle Payne over a positive drug test and an inquiry is already underway.

A Racing Victoria inquiry will now take place and Payne will face the inquiry on Thursday.

According to Australian media, a urine test conducted earlier this month returned a positive result for the banned substance phentermine, an appetite suppressant.

Michelle made history for women when she became the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup, our country's most prestigious race.

The trailblazing ride on the 100-1 outsider earned her the Don Award a year ago, the nation's top prize for sporting achievement.

The Racing Victoria stewards received notification of Payne's positive test on June 23, three days after she rode at Ascot.

She was meant to travel to England past year but a serious fall at Mildura when riding for her brother led to her being hospitalised for almost a month.

She was in the saddle at Royal Ascot last week, when she piloted Kaspersky to a fifth-placed finish in the Queen Anne Stakes.

She is part of a huge racing family that includes Patrick and Andrew, Cathy, Bernadette and Marie, who were all jockeys.

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