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6 hours ago, Pegasus 9 said:

Why is there no testing prior to the start of racing. Very dangerous. Isn’t it common sense to do that or is that too simple?

You would think so . Surely this is an error and it is normally pre race meeting ? . If not change those protocols now !!! 

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Just now, poundforpound said:

He was only half the legal driving limit ......another RIU joke ...... 

 

To be fair I hope he don't get the book thrown at him , he's a legend and gifted.  Never ever  belts a horse but gets best out of them  ,  but if the limits the limit on a particular job it's the limit . Like I say hope they cut him some slack when it comes to punishment . Maybe work a way forward stop it happening again .

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1 hour ago, Gruff said:

So what sort of reading are we talking here?  Was it on his breath? Was he half cut? ... goes to show how good he is beating the sober ones😆 

Thats actually not that funny - if there had been an accident what would have been said then.  There are rules for a reason - many high risk industries have a zero tolerance for alcohol, and a 24 hour clear rule - expecting a jockey to present at the races with a limit below 100 at 12pm raceday is not unreasonable - the rules clearly state it.  

 

Many standard workplace drug and alcohol policies enforce six unannounced random tests to an employee who has undergone drug or alcohol rehabilitation.  

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Drug and alcohol testing is getting more and more common, most companies have a zero tolerence though so half the legal driving limit might be considered lenient these days. Shane McAlistar has a very valid point. It would make sense to test prior wouldn't it, but random and or after incidents also seems to be standard for jobs such as truck driving(not saying that's right, probably a cost thing). As an industry they might also come up short of drivers if all were tested prior to getting in a cab of a 10 tonne or so truck. 

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1 hour ago, NextPlease said:

Why is he drinking that early and on a race day? It lacks professionalism, and it's all a little sad.

Would YOU want to ride in a race where a jockey is impaired? Whether that be mildly or completely smashed?

 

90% are impaired because they’re fasting and compromising their natural strength.

As for CWJ drinking early in the day.....untrue....he had a few the night before, but he was wasting so didn’t eat dinner, or breakfast.....

Facts are good, you should try using them 

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Sure - but surely if you're wasting, to the point where you're not eating dinner or breakfast, having alcohol isn't going to help.

Anyway.... it's hardly a good look, and once again, the negatives make the national headlines.

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On 9/13/2020 at 6:19 PM, Gruff said:

So what sort of reading are we talking here?  Was it on his breath? Was he half cut? ... goes to show how good he is beating the sober ones😆 

what a crass remark

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That strikes me as a fair penalty. Let's not sugar coat it. Chris is an alcoholic and it's really sad to hear he was back on the turps again. He's an adult and he made his own decision to drink and he knows the rules - so he will have to take it on the chin. More importantly, hopefullyly he's getting the help he needs to stay sober. He's let himself and his family down in this instance but a lot of people have helped him battle his demons in  the past and they'll be there again for him with this fall of the wagon. I think he has the most gifted pair of hands I've ever seen on a horse and the thing I really like about him as a rider is that he is kind to horses - and they do their best for him as a result. He never knocks them about like some jockeys who continue to flog a 'dead' horse that's going back through the field. They don't call him the "Magic Man" for nothing and I really hope he returns to beat that all-time record - because he deserves it.

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My view is that he was 101% legal and within the legal limits to drive a two tonne car at 100 kph down SH1 opposed by oncoming traffic, with no median barrier, so he’d done nothing wrong  ......why is the RIU using such draconian and abusive measures to harass licensees .... oh that’s right .. to get “trophies” to justify their fucked up existence

Bit like Kenny Rae and his meth positive at 5 nanograms ..... the field testing threshold for pilots and surgeons is 300 nanograms before they’re deemed impaired And can’t work, 60 times higher than Kenny’s fucking horse, but the RIU imbeciles and liars have to get their quota of victims each year to justify the 7 million in pokie money it takes to run their shit show 

Of far more importance with jockeys is their weakened state due to wasting to comply with the abusive weight regime we have in NZ, a weight regime devised and supported by useless fat bastards who spend their lives at pie & Pinot shops 

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