Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne has been handed a four week suspension for testing positive to the banned substance Phentermine.
Payne's suspension has been back dated to June 23rd, which was the date she was stood down from riding by stewards. She will be eligible to return to riding on July 22nd.
Robert Cram, the steward who was chairing the inquiry noted that Payne knew she was taking a banned substance under the rules of racing, but took into consideration her guilty plea, her remorse and medical conditions when handing down his suspension.
"However not withstanding those factors, it is our view that you did not comply with your fundamental obligation to seek advice before taking the substance phentermine."
Speaking after the hearing Payne said she was embarrassed and regrets the mistake she made and is not seeking further advice.
"I wasn't thorough and that is completely my fault"
Payne was prescribed Phentermine by her doctor to treat gastrointestinal problems resulted from injuries incurred in a fall last year.
"Going forward I am very much looking forward to finding a solution and working in with my surgeon."
"I look forward to working hard and being in great shape upon my return to racing."