Frankie Dettori rides his first winner since return from drugs ban

• Jockey celebrates with his trademark flying dismount
• Rider gets off mark on 12th mount since comeback

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Frankie Dettori returns at Sandown on Thursday after winning on Asian Trader, his first winner since his return from a drugs ban. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Frankie Dettori rode his first winner since returning from a six-month ban for using cocaine when Asian Trader took the second race at Sandown Park on Thursday evening, and the former champion will now aim to ride 99 more before the end of thethis Flat season.

Dettori had ridden 11 straight losers since returning to the saddle at Epsom last Friday and looked likely to struggle on the 12th when Asian Trader missed the break in the Lammas Lane Handicap over Sandown's lightning-fast sprint course. Dettori managed to find running room along the rail when it mattered, however, and drove Asian Trader, the 5-2 favourite, into a decisive lead inside the final furlong on the way to a half-length victory.

"I've won 3,000 races and everybody is waiting for this one," Dettori said afterwards. "The first one is always sweet. I've had plenty of practice these last six days, but today I knew I had some live chances and one of them won, so that's good. I know I'm aiming high, but I'd like to win 100 races [this year]. It would be great if I could do it."

Despite his popularity with the racing public, Asian Trader was only the second favourite that Dettori has ridden since his return to the saddle. He failed to reach 100 winners in either 2011 or 2012, when he had the backing of the powerful Godolphin operation, and he is quoted at 15-8 against by William Hill to partner 75 winners in 2013.

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