FAILED TEST: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne attends an inquiry at Racing Victoria headquarters in MelbourneThe 31-year-old tested positive to a banned substance in a urine sample taken at the Swan Hill Cup meeting on June 11.
FAILED TEST: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne attends an inquiry at Racing Victoria headquarters in MelbourneThe 31-year-old tested positive to a banned substance in a urine sample taken at the Swan Hill Cup meeting on June 11. JOE CASTRO

Diet drug to blame for Payne's drug test failure

RACING: Champion jockey Michelle Payne yesterday expressed regret over a drug breach that led to a one month riding suspension handed down by stewards.

Payne revealed during the inquiry that the lingering effects from surgery that followed a near fatal race fall required her to use the diet drug phentermine.

She said she was embarrassed by the positive drug test, taken at the Swan Hill races on June 11, and would work with her surgeon to seek a more suitable medication.

Payne said she "takes full responsibility” for the inadvertent breach and that she regretted not seeking greater medical guidance.

"This is 100 per cent my fault,” she said.

Payne (pictured) won the 2015 Melbourne Cup aboard Prince Of Penzance and recently rode at the famous Royal Ascot Meeting in the UK.

Payne can resume track work riding once she produces a clear urine sample.


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