Champion Oisin Murphy Returns From Suspension at Lingfield

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Oisin Murphy | Alan Crowhust

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who has been serving a three-month suspension, returns to the saddle at Lingfield on Friday. The two-time champion jockey and retained rider for Qatar Racing was banned by France Galop stewards following a positive test this past summer for cocaine metabolites. Throughout the investigation, Murphy denied taking cocaine. A France Galop hearing accepted Murphy's hair sample results and his testimony regarding unintentional environmental contamination. His three mounts over the Lingfield polytrack on Friday are: Saeed Manana and trainer James Tate's Rain Gauge (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) in the 1:30 p.m. one-mile novice stakes and that duo's Sky Commander (Ire) (War Command) in the 2:05 p.m. seven-furlong handicap. He Can Dance (Ire) (Es Que Love {Ire}) rounds out the trio in the 2:40 p.m. seven-furlong handicap for owner/trainer Sylvester Kirk.

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