Jockey William Carson has been banned for six months after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine.
However, his suspension was backdated to start from April 4 – eight days after the sample taken from him at Lingfield was found to contain the banned substance benzoylecgonine.
His ban runs through to October 4 – and as long as his riding licence has not expired and he receives clearance from the British Horseracing Authority’s medical team, he will able to resume his career next month.
Carson, the 29-year-old grandson of five-time champion and multiple Classic winner Willie Carson, received confirmation of his punishment at a BHA disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday.
Without a winner this year, Carson has not ridden since April 1. His biggest career success to date came in the 2008 Ayr Gold Cup aboard Regal Parade.
Willie Carson told the Racing Post his grandson had been suffering with depression but was “happier now than he’s been for many a year”.
He added: “He’s had depression and has got into the drink and cocaine after that. The best thing that happened to him was that he got caught.
“He’s been on a self-imposed ban from riding and he’s now three times a week attending AA, and I believe he’s even started going to church. We’re told with his addictions that he’s on the road to recovery, but with addiction you never know.
“He has said to me that it’s a pleasure to be alive nowadays.”