Dettori hearing: France Galop denies targeting jockey

by | 11.20.2012 | 8:03am
Frankie Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori faced France Galop's medical commission Tuesday morning, where he was presented with the results of a positive drug test that took place Sept. 16.

Tuesday's hearing was before a panel of three doctors; they will then send a report to France Galop, which will then convene a meeting of stewards. The stewards will then decide on the punishment that will be received.

Dettori rode in four races that day at Longchamp, in what is a major day of prep races for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day in October.

According to a report at Racing UK, Dettori was one of five jockeys tested at Longchamp that day; three were given breathalyzers, and two were asked for urine samples. Dettori returned a positive test for a prohibited substance, reported – but unconfirmed – to be cocaine or a metabolite of the drug.

Racing UK reports Dettori had been tested six times in England throughout the 2012 season, with each result being negative.

Several news sources in England have reported that France Galop acted on information handed to them by a 'well-placed source', which a spokesman for France Galop denied.

“Frankie Dettori was not targeted. On average we test around five jockeys a day, and on big days we test 15-20,” Julien Pescatore, director of press relations for France-Galop told reporters.

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