Havlin fails in French appeal

Robert Havlin: Six month suspension in France

Robert Havlin has failed in his final appeal to France Galop against a six-month ban for failing a doping test.

Havlin is banned until October 4 but will ask the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the suspension.

Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: "We will be making an application to the BHA and we've got 48 hours to do so, which we will do."

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In February, France Galop said the Newmarket-based jockey had returned a positive sample when riding at Saint-Cloud on October 30 and that it would "request the reciprocation" of the imposed sanction by its counterpart in Britain.

He had his initial appeal dismissed last month.

Havlin strongly refuted the findings and said at the time the ban was announced that he was "deeply upset and shocked" by the suspension.

The jockey added that he fully expected to clear his name following what he described as an "outrageous miscarriage of justice and defamation of my character".

The BHA has confirmed it has been asked to reciprocate the penalty, but that Havlin has the right to apply for it not to be passed on."The BHA has been informed of the decision by France Galop and asked to reciprocate the penalty under the international agreement," said BHA head of media Robin Mounsey."The usual process will apply, which is that, having been asked to reciprocate, any penalty will be reciprocated automatically, however the individual involved has the right to lodge an application for the penalty not to be reciprocated."Such an application would be considered by the disciplinary panel."

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