Rab Havlin keen to move on as he returns to action after lengthy ban

Thu 5 Oct 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Rab Havlin is eager to make the most of what is left of 2017 after enduring a torrid time being banned for failing a drugs test.

The vastly-experienced Flat jockey takes in the meetings at Lingfield and Chelmsford on Thursday as he returns from a six-month suspension imposed by France Galop after he tested positive for a prohibited substance at Saint-Cloud last October.

Havlin voluntarily stood himself down in January and despite maintaining his innocence and making several appeals in a bid to clear his name, the suspension stood.

The ban, which officially took effect on April 4, was finally reciprocated by the British Horseracing Authority.

All of his comeback rides are for his boss John Gosden, starting with Solario Stakes fourth Purser in the Injured Jockeys Fund EBF Novice Stakes at Lingfield, followed by Damocles in the AG Maiden Stakes.

He then moves on to Chelmsford's evening fixture where he teams up with Heather Lark in the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Maiden Stakes.

Havlin said: "Obviously it's been frustrating, the last eight plus months. I'm glad now it's finally behind me and get on to where we left off.

The Cambridgeshire Meeting - Day One - Newmarket Races

"I'd be lying if I didn't say I was angry. You've got to put it behind you. I've spoken to plenty of people and you can't be bitter."

Havlin has kept busy working behind the scenes at Gosden's Newmarket stables, as well as helping supervising the yard's runners on course.

"It was funny at first as I thought I should be riding them, but coming back in the car with the boss and speaking to the owners, it's given me a different view on things," he said.

Havlin also played a part in Enable's successful preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as well as riding other stable stars like Cracksman and Jack Hobbs on the gallops.

"Hopefully Prince Khalid will let us keep her (Enable) in training next year. It would be very exciting," the rider told At The Races. "I rode Cracksman (on Wednesday morning) and he's in good form.

"And last week I had Cracksman first lot, Enable second lot and Jack Hobbs third lot. It wasn't a bad morning's work, but I wouldn't mind seeing my name next to them in the racecard one day."

Havlin's first high-profile meeting back in the fold will be Ascot on Saturday, where he is set to partner Remarkable in the totescoop6 Challenge Cup and Eternally in the Listed totepool British EBF October Stakes.

He said: "The first few months were quite frustrating. It was an angry time but you just had to deal with that, put it behind you and get on to something else. Let's hope I can start banging some winners in."

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