Rory Mac Neice, representing Doyle, explained that the rider had struggled with alcohol in the past, and after a relationship breakdown and a move to Middleham, he experienced a relapse despite successfully managing and overcoming his difficulties.

Mac Neice said: “His environment, in retrospect, has been fundamental to his wellbeing. He had been working for trainer Lucinda Russell for a team that was caring, supportive and provided a collegiate environment. It was in a rural location set away from any temptation – there were no triggers and he felt he thrived there.

“After a relationship breakdown last year, he went to work in Middleham, a place with a relatively large population of young people. He referred to it as something of a party environment with many triggers in respect to his previous relationship with alcohol.

“Over an extended period when he knew he would not be riding, he took cocaine. He quickly recognised he had relapsed and reconnected with his AA sponsor. He was unwell and he recognised that.”

Doyle will begin his recovery in a residential rehab

Doyle, who has achieved notable success with 24 wins over jumps in Britain, is scheduled to commence a residential rehab course led by Sporting Chance on Monday. With the course expected to last for 28 days, Doyle aims to successfully complete the program and eventually resume his career in race riding, as outlined by Mac Neice.

“This is a sad episode of a young man who bravely fought a difficult relationship with alcohol and cocaine and succumbed on one occasion,” Mac Neice said. “He unreservedly apologizes and he would like the opportunity to return. He hopes the compassionate side of racing will help him make good in the future.”

During the hearing, it was highlighted by Mac Neice and Doyle that Daryl Jacob and Brian Hughes, fellow jockeys, had provided significant support to Doyle when he faced difficulties. Philip Curl, the chair of the disciplinary panel, acknowledged this assistance, stating that the written reasons would include a mention of how senior jockeys, like Jacob and Hughes, help those in need.

Curl expressed regret for Doyle's relapse after a substantial period of progress and commended him for taking immediate responsibility. The panel wished Doyle the best of luck moving forward.

Doyle's license was suspended for six months, with the ban starting from May 25, coinciding with the interim suspension imposed by the BHA.

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