I felt sorry for Jimmy Byrne copping a month suspension for a positive urine test. Before every test Byrne declares the herbal dietary aid but for some reason his latest sample registered a prohibitive substance above the legal limit. A few years ago Melbourne jockey Damian Oliver was outed for a month for using a similar herbal dietary aid but won his appeal.
Under Australian Racing rule 81 A-G, riders are responsible for any substance found in their body, whether the substance was taken with or without their knowledge.
Jimmy is a well respected rider and the word around the track is that his peers have no fear riding with him. Even with the charge, no one doubts Jimmy is "clean". In fact many are encouraging him to appeal but Byrne has indicated because of the timeframe in processing his second sample, his suspension would almost be completed.
A month suspension, for a bloke with an impeccable record and highest integrity, is severe.