National Hunt jockey Killian Moore has pleaded not guilty today to driving with excess alcohol on his breath in the Cotswolds and he is to stand trial in June.

At Cheltenham Magistrates Court Irish-born Moore, 26, who lives at trainer Jonjo O'Neill's Jackdaws Castle yard at Temple Guiting, near Stow on the Wold denied driving an Audi A4 on the B4078 at Dumbleton with 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on February 2 this year.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The jockey told the court he had crashed his Audi and then walked to a nearby house where he was “plied” with copious amounts of Captain Morgans Rum to cope with the shock of the accident.

He said this was why the alcohol limit on his breath was above the limit when he was breathalysed,

The magistrates fixed his trial date for June 26.

In five seasons as a professional jockey, Moore has had 580 rides and 50 winners with 42 second places and 55 thirds.