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Jockey Stephane Pasquier

Stephane Pasquier had ban suspended until a court procedure next year

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Stephane Pasquier cleared to resume riding

STEPHANE PASQUIER has been cleared to resume riding after a civil ruling suspended his three-month ban.

Pasquier and his legal team applied to an emergency hearing of the administrative tribunal in Senlis on Monday for a suspension, having always maintained there was evidence of contamination in his positive sample for a banned substance given in April at Longchamp.

Pasquier has been handed back his license and is free to resume riding from Thursday, September 12.

Pasquier's agent Herve Naggar said: "It does not mean the ban is overturned but it is suspended until a court procedure next year.

"For the moment the tribunal considered that an urgent case existed to return his license and that a serious doubt existed about the legality of the ban."

Pasquier was suspended for three months by France Galop stewards, a decision that was subsequently upheld on appeal on August 12.  

At the time the sport's governing body took the unusual step of explaining it's actions, stating that the length of the ban - half the normal entry level of six months for such offences - reflected a level of doubt surrounding how the substance came to be in Pasquier's system.

Retained rider for the Niarchos Family since 2010, Pasquier returns in time to partner two of the stable's major talents on Sunday at Longchamp.

Maxios is set to line up in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin, while Bravodino could stake his Arc credentials in the Prix Niel.

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