Paget confident of clearing his name

Jock Paget is confident of 'a good end result' in the wake of the discovery that his horse, Clifton Promise, tested positive for a banned substance during his victory at Burghley.

The horse tested positive for the substance reserpine, which is a powerful tranquiliser used to treat humans. Unfortunately for Paget it is also on the list of banned substances by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).

The FEI will now test the 'B' sample to determine if the first result is correct but, if this is also positive, the 29-year-old faces a lengthy ban. However, Paget, whose horse also won Badminton this year, is certain his name will be cleared.

'Business is running as usual for me, I will leave the scientists and the lawyers to do their job but I am very confident we can have a good end result,' said Paget, who is currently suspended until the results of the 'B' sample are discovered in two to three weeks' time.

Paget was speaking at a clinic held at Easton College Equestrian Centre where junior riders from the age of nine upwards got to train with him in an event organised by the South Norfolk Pony Club.

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Despite the shadow hanging over his future, the clinic was still a success with all members learning something new from the talented jockey.

Sorrell Bellamy, SNPC District Commissioner described the event as 'inspirational'.

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'It is such an experience for our members,' explained Sorrell. 'I hope today's training will be just as fantastic. We want to promote our members to get involved with the sport and the best way to do that is with an internationally renowned athlete such as Jock. We feel very honoured.'

Kayleigh Warner, 16, brought her 16hh horse Jubbly to the event and added: 'With the advice that Jock has given me I now hope to use his help to improve my relationship with my horse. When I was having problems, Jock was on hand to help and explained the problems by relating back to issues that he has, so it's nice to see that even the best in the business can have problems.'

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