12/05/2012 1:18PM

Dettori banned six months

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Former British champion jockey Frankie Dettori has been suspended six months by French racing authorities after failing a drug test at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris in September.

The suspension, announced on Wednesday, is retroactive to Nov. 20 and will run until May 19, 2013.

Dettori, 41, will miss the Dubai Racing Carnival in the United Arab Emirates, and the early-season classics in England – the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. He will be eligible to return in time to ride major events in June such as the English Derby and Royal Ascot meeting.

Dettori’s case was heard by France Galop, the French racing authority, on Nov. 20. Their decision will be recognized by racing authorities around the worldwide, forcing Dettori to the sidelines. Dettori was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance that was not revealed.

Dettori’s lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore, released a statement on the rider’s behalf on Wednesday. In part, the statement said, “I have spoken to Frankie since the announcement was made, and he has told me he fully accepts the France Galop’s decision.

“He also accepts that he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public. But most of all, and his greatest regret, he has let down his wife and children.”

The suspension comes at a time when Dettori is not allied with a major racing stable. His 18-year association with Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Stable ended in October.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
How sad it is to hear this news, at least he is accepting his fate and taking responsibility for his bad judgement in a sport that has been good to him and his family. His bigger than life attitude got in his was due to all his success and he thought he was invincable and not only did it cost him his relationship with the Sheikh in business but now he has cost himself his relationship with a sport he truely loves. 6 months most likely hd is done for in the sport, he can attempt a comback but he won't be the same and his reception back by the top stables will no longer be there and most likely he should call it a career. Good luck Frankie you once were a great ambasador for the Sport of Kings.
Pat More than 1 year ago
Bet he retires..guys like this bigger then life will not let people heckle them on the may back. He just got bad advice along he way if you ask me... Pressure to great to keep weight down.. He made his dough..
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
personally i swore off dettori mid 90's after horrible ride on "SWAIN" n both dubai world cup&breeder cup but the guy has earned my respect back 4 becoming face of horseracing worldwide w/his energy talent dismount off horses & kisses everyone n site he promotes the game well but he like all of us is human.
Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
It happend once before in the nineties, he was then caught also in france.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
Good luck in the future Dettori. I hope you get better during this tough time.
Jim Pitura More than 1 year ago
Sounds like he was setup to me. I would like the Shiekh to be tested.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Funny how jockeys have a great clock in their head when they're in races, but rarely have one when, eventually, it's time to read the handwritting on the wall, sadly apparent to the rest of us.
russell More than 1 year ago
wow. 6mts for his first coke violation. pretty harsh.
nick More than 1 year ago
Maybe if they instituted more penalties like this there would be less infractions(Mr. Dutro?)
laura ban More than 1 year ago
I hope he makes a huge come back! I'm glad he came right out and said he messed up. Now he can spend some time with his family and get himself sorted out. I wish him all the best.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Dettori brings a lot to the sport: energy, determination & showmanship. This detrimental mark on a stellar career is unfortunate, but he owns up to his mistake & takes responsibility for it. The fans appreciate this no-nonsense, no excuse approach & will look forward to his return next year.