Dettori Fails Drug Test
Leading jockey Frankie Dettori has reportedly provided a positive drug test and will face a France Galop inquiry.
Dettori is now staring down the barrel of a worldwide ban just months after splitting from long-term employer Godolphin.
There have been rumors, about the failed drug test, floating around for weeks but the report finally became public after Dettori’s solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement yesterday.
“On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on 16 September 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the medical committee of France Galop next week,” Stewart-Moore said.
“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.”
The positive test was taken on Arc trials day when Dettori had four rides without scoring a winner.
He finished third on leading stayer Joshua Tree in the Prix Foy, finished last on Sarah Lynx in the Prix Vermeille, came second on Godolphin-owned Farhh in the Prix Moulin before finishing third on Willing Foe in the Prix Gladiateur.
This is not the first time Dettori has been involved in a drug-related controversy.
In 1993 he received a police caution for cocaine possession in and admitted to a past of drug abuse.
“I was a stupid, cocky, arrogant kid,” Dettori said in a 2010 interview.
“I was riding, I was winning, I was a kid who’d gone from earning £12 a week to getting big money. Too much money.”
Dettori was planning to compete as a freelance jockey in 2013 and was considered by many experts to be a chance at winning the 2013 Flat Jockeys’ Championship.
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