11/21/2012 1:12PM

Dettori suspended after positive test at Longchamp


Former champion jockey Frankie Dettori has been temporarily suspended for testing positive for a banned substance at Longchamp Racecourse on Sept. 16, according to a statement released Wednesday by France-Galop, the country’s regulatory body.

The statement did not reveal the length of the suspension, but said the decision was “based on medical grounds.” Details of the September test have not been announced.

Dettori, 41, gave evidence at a hearing Tuesday to France Galop’s medical committee. The committee’s findings have been forwarded to France Galop’s stewards, who are expected to announce a decision in the next two weeks.

Dettori’s lawyers told British press Wednesday that the jockey will not ride until he learns more of his fate with French officials. Dettori was at Longchamp on Sept. 16 to ride a program that featured several major stakes.