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Jock Paget suspended after Clifton Promise fails drugs test

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Jock Paget won both the Badminton and Burghley trials on Clifton Promise © Getty Images
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Jonathan 'Jock' Paget is reportedly "shocked" after hearing the horse he rode to victory at the Burghley trials - Clifton Promise - has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Paget has been provisionally suspended from all national and international competition after Clifton Promise, who became the first horse to win both the Badminton and Burghley trials in the same season since 1989, returned a blood sample which tested positive for the banned tranquiliser reserpine.

The 29-year-old has been suspended from competition with immediate effect, as the "Person responsible" for the horse, although Paget has requested the testing of the B sample according to a statement released by Equestrian Sports New Zealand.

Clifton Promise has been provisionally suspended for two months, with both suspensions pending the results of the B sample test and "any subsequent hearings."

The statement read: "Surrey-based Paget was understandably shocked at the finding. He and all relevant parties state categorically that none of them have taken any actions with the intent of administering any prohibited substance."

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