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Licensed Jockey Melinda Kinny Suspended For Nine Months

Racing NSW Stewards today inquired into an Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Jockey Testing Certificate and a Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) Certificate of Analysis relative to a urine sample obtained from licensed jockey Ms Melinda Kinny after she rode in a race at Goulburn on Sunday, 27 May 2018.

Evidence was taken from Ms Kinny, assisted during the inquiry by Mr Tim Egan and the abovementioned certificates were also tendered into evidence. Evidence was also obtained via teleconference from Mr John Keledjian – General Manager, Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL).

Ms Kinny pleaded guilty to a charge under AR81A(1)(a) of having provided a sample of her urine on Sunday, 27 May 2018 after riding in a race at Goulburn on Sunday, 27 May 2018 which upon analysis was found to contain a substance banned by AR81B.

Ms Kinny’s jockeys licence was suspended in full for a period of nine months backdated to 3 July 2018, on which day she was stood down by Stewards, and to expire on 3 April 2019.

Ms Kinny was further advised that under the provisions of AR81D, Stewards would suspend the operation of the final three months of the suspension upon receipt of evidence that she had completed a satisfactory period of drug counselling meaning she may be eligible to resume working in the racing industry on 3 January 2019.

Ms Kinny was advised of her right of appeal.

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