Racing hero Dettori in dock after positive drug test at Longchamp

By Marcus Townend

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Frankie Dettori will face an inquiry next week after a positive drug test at Longchamp in September, the rider's legal representative has revealed.

Solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement with the news the Medical Committee of the French authority are planning a hearing.

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frankie Dettori

The statement said: 'On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week.

'In compliance with, and out of respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting further until the France Galop procedures have been completed.'

Dettori had four rides at Longchamp on September 16, a day of major trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting the following month.

He finished second on Godolphin’s Farhh in the Prix du Moulin and third on the same stable's Willing Foe in the Prix Gladiateur, third on Marco Botti’s Joshua Tree in the Prix Foy and unplaced on Sarah Lynx in the Prix Vermeille.

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

France Galop are the equivalent of the British Horseracing Association (BHA).

It is understood the France Galop disciplinary process will be in two parts with a Medical Committee meeting next week followed by a Stewards Committee meeting - which could be anything up to to a week or 10 days later - where any suspension arising from the positive test will be handed down. 

Dettori received police caution for possession of cocaine on May 15 1993, after he had been to watch Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday play at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

France Galop have not commented on proceedings and in previous similar cases they have not issued a statement before the hearing.

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry
Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Last month, Dettori's parted company with racing stable Godolphin after a successful 18-year association.

The official line from Godolphin was that 'the retainer was not really working', although Dettori was expected to continue working his present contract until the end of 2012.

The British-based jockey has won more than 500 group races in his career. He is best known for riding seven winners at Ascot in 1996.

The 41-year-old partnered nine English Classic winners in the royal blue silks, including their first in 1994 Oaks victor Balanchine, and a total of 110 Group or Grade One winners for the owner.

Asked by the Sportsmail in 2010 about his biggest regret, he said: 'Getting caught with cocaine in 1993. I was on all the front pages and put my family through hell. I was cocky and had too much too soon. It made me grow up.'

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

 


 

 

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There has been no mention of the word drug in any reports, it could be alcohol. In any case, to the people asking why would a jockey need performance enhancing drugs, there is also no suggestion that they are performance enhancing. Quite the opposite as a result of the fact that he didn't ride any winners. More a suggestion that he was maybe suffering the effects of a heavy night?!

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If it is an illegal substance it's more likely to be for weight loss rather than for recreational purpose's, imagine having to do 8 stone 3, 24/7, 52 weeks a year at 40 plus year's of age? The guy is a fantastic sportsman and a great personality, he lost his job with Godolphin because they signed the new riding sensation Micheal Barzelona at the start of the season and Frankie was not getting the rides he once did then he commited the cardinal sin of accepting a ride off his stable's main competitors Coolmore so there was always going to be a parting of the wave's.

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He might have been taking stimulants to speed up weight lose.

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HERO???? please look up the definition of HERO ----no" so called sportsman" is worthy of that term---with rememberance day just past' I SUGGEST YOU LOOK ON THE WAR MEMORIALS OF ANY VILLAGE YOU COME ACROSS TO FIND THETRUE MEANING OF THE WORD

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Losing the Godolphin retainer...now this...I hope this isn't the start of a downward period, he's a good guy.

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Why would a jockey take drugs ? - They just sit on the horse. It does all the hard work ! - Bigman, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 13/11/2012 16:32 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lighter jockey = faster horse.

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Hopefully this will open peoples eyes to the fact that doping happens in every sport, not just cycling. Football, Rugby and Tennis in particular should be under the spotlight.

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Does it say anywhere, performance enhancing? Could it be a recreational drug? Please read the story before posting nonsense.

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Who says it was performance enhancing? The story mentions he was done for cocaine previously - most likely to be recreational. They're likely to be just as illegal in sport as anything that enhances performance. Maybe he didn't grow up after all...

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About time you retire Frankie and give punters a chance. His riding has been horrendous of late and now we may know why.

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