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Flat Jockey Grant gets six-month ban for test fail

Irish Flat jockey Danny Grant has been suspended for six months after he failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23.

Grant was officially handed a two-year riding ban by the Irish Turf Club, but the last 18 months of the disqualification period was suspended under the assumption he does not fail another test.

Grant tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at the Curragh on the first day of the Flat turf season. The issue was heard by a referrals committee of the Turf Club in August, but the details of the case were only made available yesterday.

Prior to the hearing, Grant's solicitors said the source of the failed drugs test was a herbal tea product called 'Mate De Coca', which the jockey had bought online.

The teabags were consequently sent to the Turf Club for testing and indicated the presence of cocaine.

Grant said he had bought the herbal tea to help to soothe a long-standing skin condition, "brought on by stress".

He had previously been banned for seven months after having failed a drugs test in October 2009.