Gibbons accused of substituting urine sample at Kempton

Graham Gibbons has been accused of swapping his urine sample

PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Gibbons accused of swapping urine sample By Alex Wiltshire 7:52AM 8 DEC 2016

GRAHAM GIBBONS has been accused by the Kempton stewards of substituting a urine sample he was required to provide with a sample from fellow rider Callum Shepherd, with the incident reported to the BHA.

Gibbons, who is leading the ARC all-weather jockeys' championship with 20 wins, had ridden the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Button Up to finish sixth in the 5.15 at Kempton on Wednesday evening, his only ride on the card, after which he was required to provide the sample.

Shepherd also had one ride on the card, finishing 11th on the Graeme McPherson-trained Harry Hunt in the 7.15, after three rides at Lingfield earlier in the day.

A stewards report on the BHA website read: "The stewards held an enquiry following a report from the clerk of the scales that Graham Gibbons, the rider of Button Up, had substituted the urine sample that he was required to produce with that of another rider, Callum Shepherd.

"Having heard evidence from the sampling officer, Graham Gibbons, Callum Shepherd, Paul Struthers, the chief executive of the PJA who accompanied Shepherd, and a valet, they forwarded a report to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority for further consideration."

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