Racing briefs

Drug downfall: A former top New Zealand jockey fell into the drugs scene after two serious accidents, became addicted to methamphetamine and then was charged with drug offences.But Leanne Isherwood was given a chance to rebuild her life today when a judge spared her jail after accepting she had not supplied methamphetamine in commercial quantities. Isherwood, 35, was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of a pipe to consume methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
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Back after fall: Big race jockey Jim Cassidy has taken the next step in his comeback from injury by riding in his first barrier trial for almost six months at Rosehill yesterday. Cassidy, who has been sidelined since his horror fall from Bonza Crop in a race at Eagle Farm in June, had rides in two of the six heats finishing unplaced on the Tim Martin-trained Werd before posting a win aboard stablemate Blood Angel.

Charges dropped: Charges against trainers Robert Smerdon and Dan O’Sullivan over the possession of EPO have been dropped after Racing Victoria stewards today admitted they could not be proved. The prohibited substance Eprex (EPO) was found during an inspection of the trainers’ shared stables at Ballarat in May this year. Stewards found that five vials of the blood-boosting drug had been at the stable between February 13 last year and May 19 this year.

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