22 Jan 2016
Racing Queensland Stewards have today suspended Apprentice Jockey Jag Guthmann-Chester from racing for a period of three months after he pleaded guilty to providing a sample which upon analysis was found to contain a banned substance.
Guthmann-Chester today pleaded guilty to a charge under AR81A(1)(a) after returning a positive to cannabis following routine sampling at the Gold Coast.
At an inquiry held today in the presence of his master Bruce Hill, it was the Stewards’ decision that the jockey be suspended from racing for a period of three months, commencing from the date in which he was stood down on 11 January 2016 and to expire on 11 April 2016.
In determining an appropriate penalty in this matter, RQ Stewards took into account the submissions made by Guthmann-Chester as well as his guilty plea, along with similar penalty precedents.
Guthmann-Chester will be suspended from race riding and trackwork but Stewards have granted him permission to continue with general stablehand duties.
As per Racing Queensland protocol, Guthmann-Chester has been offered counselling through Racing Queensland’s Jockey Welfare Officer Jenny Schofield and also access to Sports Psychologist Rachel Jones.
Under the new Racing Queensland Apprentice Program, which commenced in January 2015, all apprentices attend drug and alcohol awareness programs on a regular basis.
The Program also involves coping and resilience workshops in relation to life as a professional jockey.