Officials with France Galop announced Wednesday that jockey Frankie Dettori would be banned from riding for six months after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Dettori will not be permitted to ride in any major racing jurisdiction for the duration of the ban.
Unlike the British Horse Racing Authority, France Galop does not release the test results in a situation such as this; the substance for which Dettori tested positive will not be made public.
According to a report by Racing UK, Dettori's lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore, had tried to have the rider's suspension backdated to the last time Dettori rode, which was November 6, but was unable to do so. The standard practice in France is for a suspension to begin nine days after being made public; the ban started on Nov. 20, and Dettori will not be allowed to ride again until May 19.
This will rule out Dettori being able to ride in the first two Classics of the season, the Qipco One Thousand Guineas and Qipco Two Thousand Guineas.
After the decision was announced, Stewart-Moore told the press that he had spoken with Dettori and that “he fully accepts France Galop's decision.”
Stewart-Moore continued, “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 this is his greatest regret, he has let down his wife and children.”
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