Jockey Ric McMahon 6 Month Ban Disappoints Parents
Naughty jockey Ric McMahon recently said that it was harder to cope with the disappointment on his parents’ faces when they first learned of the drug use that resulted in a six-month ban from racing than it was to deal with his racing discipline.
McMahon tested positive for methamphetamines that he said he used in an attempt to manage his weight.
His six-month ban expires soon and the 27-year-old is eagerly anticipating putting the incident behind him and attempting to get his career back in gear.
The Brisbane-based jockey is the son or former Norths rugby league winger Shane McMahon.
McMahon’s talent is indisputable and is considered one of the best riders in the state, but a less-than-stellar attitude and a perception of laziness has been a source of constant criticism.
He has just started the administrative procedures to get his license to race in Queensland reinstated. Once that hurdle is surmounted, the next is to get some notice in his attempt to get mounts for the big tracks. He has his work cut out for him, as the general perception that it is hard for an outsider to break into the Melbourne ranks is widely known.
McMahon anticipates that it will take him around three weeks of riding trackwork to get back to form.