The teenage rider Benoit de la Sayette is the victim of a “malicious” video intended to discredit him, says the Association of Professional Jockeys.
The 18-year-old is shown in a film circulating on Twitter at a party where cocaine is consumed, but the PJA says “he doesn’t and doesn’t take” the drugs.
From the Sayette won the Lincoln Handicap on Saturday in Doncaster on Haqeeqy.
The PJA claims that the film “attempts to cause significant damage to a young man early in his career.”
De la Sayette is an apprentice jockey to the great Newmarket trainer, John Gosden.
A video was tweeted from an account claiming to be De la Sayette’s in which cocaine is used.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this account is not Benoit’s and it is not under his control either,” said a press release from the PJA.
Saturday’s victory over the Gosden-trained Haqeeqy was the turf jockey’s first race, and a poignant one for owner Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose father Cheikh Hamdan passed away earlier in the week.
The PJA said that “the carefully edited film mischievously 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 with another jockey, and spent the evening at home with his parents,” added the association.
“He was also driving in Doncaster on Sunday and once again driven out and back by his father.
“The film actually dates from October 2019, when he was 16, nine months before Benoit got the license. The PJA is taking action to try to remove the account that posted the video.
“He was at a party in Lambourn and filmed in the presence of cocaine that others, not him, were taking. He has not taken and does not take cocaine. “