The drug-related sacking of Queensland hoop Ric McMahon has paved the way for Matthew McGuren to partner Kaypers in the Tattersall’s Mile 2015 at Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
McMahon, who was a budding rugby league star before opting to follow his passion for riding after high school, has been stood down indefinitely after the Brisbane-based jockey came back with a positive urine test to methamphetamine this week.
His rides at Gatton on Friday and Doomben on Saturday were given away and his career remains in limbo as stewards await the results of a second test, which could take up to 10 days to come back.
If the second sample also returns a positive reading for the illegal drug McMahon, son of former top rugby league player for Brisbane’s Norths in the late 1970s Shane “Cocky” McMahon, will face a notable ban and possibly a total end to his career on track.
Two years ago in South Australia jockey Andrew Stead was suspended for three years for testing positive to the same drug, used by hoops that have trouble keeping their weight down as an appetite suppressant, by the stewards in Adelaide.
In the meantime, the big ride McMahon will miss this weekend is in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1640m) in Brisbane.
He was to partner the Greg Bennett-trained Cape Cross seven-year-old Kaypers who hasn’t won a race since a Benchmark 79 success over 1400m at Randwick back in April of 2014.
The veteran miler was runner-up in the Tamworth Cup (1400m) this April before a string of unplaced runs including three straight sixth place finishes leading into Saturday’s Black-Type test.
A fortnight ago the gelding went out as a $31 shot over 1500m at Rosehill in a Benchmark 84 on July 4 and ran three and three quarter lengths away sixth to Hollywood Bound on a Heavy (8) track with apprentice Travis Wolfgram in the saddle.
In the latest Tattersall’s Mile odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Kaypers pays $13 with McGuren coming in to replace McMahon aboard the nicely drawn galloper in gate three.
Kaypers also enjoys weight relief on Saturday dropping from 57kg to the 54kg minimum.
Tattersall’s Mile betting is led by last start Sunshine Coast winner Trakstar ($5.50), Epic ($6) on the rails and the 58.5kg top weight Jetset Lad ($7) in gate two.
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