18-year-old top jockey denies taking cocaine as snapchat video emerges
Benoit de la Sayette has been fiercely defended by the Professional Jockeys Association after a clip of the teenage sensation in the presence of cocaine remerged.
While claiming that others in the room may have taken the class-A drug, it has been insisted that the youngster did not partake and that the clip was not a recent one.
The social media upload from an anonymous source had claimed that the scenes took place after he won the £100,000 Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday, which has since been denied.
In a bid to prove his innocence, it has been added that De la Sayette was driven to and from the races by his father either side of his winning partnership with 9-2 shot Haqeeqy.
As shared by The Sun, a statement on behalf of the teen from the Professional Jockeys Association read: “A film has been tweeted from an account purporting to be Benoit de la Sayette’s.
“The film was apparently first circulated in the aftermath of Benoit’s victory aboard Haqeeqy in the Unibet Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday 27 March.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this account is not Benoit’s nor is it under his control. This carefully edited film maliciously suggests that Benoit was taking cocaine after winning the aforementioned race.
“Benoit lives with his parents and was driven to and from Doncaster on Saturday by his father along with another jockey, and spent the evening at home with his parents.
“He was also riding at Doncaster on Sunday and once again driven there and back by his father.”
Before adding: “The film is actually from October 2019 when he was 16, nine months prior to Benoit being licensed.
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“He was at a party in Lambourn and filmed being in the presence of cocaine that others, not him, were taking. He did not and does not take cocaine.
“Whoever is responsible for the distribution of this film is clearly intent on trying to cause significant damage to a young man at the start of his career.
“The PJA is taking steps to try and have the account that posted the video removed.”
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