Tom Bellamy has been prevented from riding at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day after failing a breath test due to his sample containing “alcohol above the threshold level”.
Bellamy was due to have three rides on the high-profile Cheltenham card, including Splash Of Ginge, who gave the rider his biggest day in the saddle when winning the BetVictor Gold Cup in November.
A report from the stewards read: “The sampling officer reported that Tom Bellamy provided a sample which was found to contain alcohol above the threshold level for breath samples.
“The rider, the clerk of the scales and the sampling officer were interviewed. The matter was referred to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority and Bellamy was suspended from riding for the rest of the day.”