Talking Horses: Kieran Shoemark gets back on track after cocaine ban

The jockey has spoken openly about the addiction that led to a positive cocaine test, and rode a winner on his return to racing

Kieran Shoemark says he hopes to be riding at Royal Ascot in a fortnight, having enjoyed a winner from his first ride after a six-month suspension at Lingfield on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old jockey, who has spoken with disarming frankness about his struggles with addiction that led to a positive test for cocaine, added that he was particularly grateful to his weighing room colleagues for the warmth of the welcome he received when returning to work at the weekend, and even more so to the trainer Charlie Hills, who has been extremely supportive as the rider works hard to leave his old habits behind.

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