The New South Wales state racing authority says veteran Australian jockey Jim Cassidy has been banned for three months for failing a doping test.
Cassidy, a two-time Melbourne Cup winner, pleaded guilty at a hearing Wednesday. He was charged when his urine sample after an Oct. 4 race at Sydney's Warwick Farm showed traces of a banned substance.
Racing NSW, which did not disclose the substance, suspended the 47-year-old Cassidy until Feb. 3, but said the ban could be reduced depending on his involvement in an education and counseling program.
Cassidy's most recent test, on Oct. 26, was clear and he was allowed to compete until his hearing. He rode Once Were Wild on Tuesday in the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup.