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RACING: Dalgleish is first rider to fail new breath test.

Keith Dalgleish (above) became the first rider to fall foul of new rules when he failed a breathalyser test at Redcar yesterday, writes Nick Grant. Jockey Club officials confirmed that the rider had been stood down for the rest of the day for 'safety reasons' after two checks revealed the jockey tested positive. However, before any disciplinary action is taken against the rider, a urine sample subsequently given by Dalgleish will have to be analysed, Jockey Club director of public relations John Maxse said.

If the sample did not show an alcohol level above the threshold then disciplinary action would not be taken, Maxse added.

The new regulations concerning the use of breathalysers came into force for the first time at Brighton on July 17.

Dalgleish, who is mainly employed by Middleham trainer Mark Johnston, has ridden 57 winners so far this season, including Johnston's Fantastic Love at Royal Ascot.

The young Scot earned many plaudits for his ride on that occasion, not least from Johnston.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 16, 2003
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