FACING THE MUSIC: Apprentice jockey Josh Jones heads into the stewards’ inquiry at Grafton yesterday.
FACING THE MUSIC: Apprentice jockey Josh Jones heads into the stewards’ inquiry at Grafton yesterday.

Month ban for Jones, Hyeronimus

NORTHERN Rivers apprentice jockeys Joshua Jones and Adam Hyeronimus will be free to ride on Ballina Cup day after each received a one-month ban from stewards yesterday for using a banned substance.

As reported previously by The Dail Examiner, Jones and Hyeronimus both admitted they had used a diuretic at a TAB meeting at the Tweed River Jockey Club at Murwillumbah on August 10 after drug testers ambushed the track.

Both jockeys were immediately stood down from racing.

Subsequent urine samples confirmed the pair had used the diuretic furosemide and both pleaded guilty at the inquiry in Grafton yesterday.

The apprentices were suspended from riding until September 10, a ban of four weeks, which happens to fall on Ballina Cup day.

It was a welcome outcome for the duo, with Jones having won the cup previously at his home track.

Both riders were accompanied to the inquiry by their masters John Shelton (Hyeronimus) and Sue Birney (Jones).

“I was happy with the outcome,” the Grafton-based Hyeronimus said.

“It could have been a lot worse, but I think being honest helped my case. I'm now just looking to the future.”

Jones and his master Birney did not return calls yesterday.

Furosemide is a powerful diuretic that is used to treat the excessive accumulation of fluid in the body caused by heart failure, cirrhosis, chronic kidney failure, and the nephrotic syndrome.

It is also sometimes used alone or in conjunction with blood pressure pills to treat high blood pressure.

Another rider, Coffs Harbour's Jasen Watkins, was also found guilty of using furosemide stemming from a positive sample taken at the Murwillumbah meeting.

He was given a ban until September 20.

Northern Rivers Racing Association chief steward Craig Pringle presided over the inquiry but he declined to comment on the matter.

“It could have been a lot worse, but I think being honest helped my case. I'm now just looking to the future.” Adam Hyeronimus

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