Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, was indefinitely barred from racing after she tested positive for a banned substance, according to multiple Australian media outlets.
Racing Victoria, which governs thoroughbred racing in Australia, said Payne’s urine sample provided ahead of the Swan Hill Cup on June 11 confirmed a presence of appetite suppressant Phentermine, a banned weight-loss substance.
Racing Victoria will conduct an inquiry on Thursday, in which Payne was requested to attend.
The 31-year-old Payne, who was recovering from a slew of injuries from a fall in a race last May that required surgery on her pancreas, rode and trained two horses on the nine-race program at Swan Hill, picking up a place on a 4-year-old mare Sovereign Wealth. Most recently, she rode the horse Kaspersky to fifth place in the Group 1 Queen Anne stakes at Royal Ascot in Britain.
Payne’s life story is being made into a film. After her historic Melbourne Cup win, she made headlines by saying, “I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we…