Frankie Dettori's chances of being banned over his positive drugs test in France increased when it appeared his case was going to be referred to the disciplinary committee of France-Galop.
If, as expected, the findings of a three-man medical conference that inquired into his positive test for a prohibited substance at Longchamp, are referred to the stewards, Dettori and his legal team would have to return to Paris within three weeks.
At the offices of France-Galop in a Paris suburb, Dettori gave evidence to the doctors via a conference call. Alarmed by the massive media interest in the case – there were four TV networks and news agencies present – the jockey chose not to show up in person.
He was granted permission to answer the panel's questions by telephone.
It is thought that Dettori would seek official approval for a similar procedure should there be a subsequent inquiry.
Henri Pouret, the director of racing and regulation for France-Galop, confirmed that the medical conference had reached a decision in the Dettori case. "The conclusions will be forwarded to Mr Dettori. France-Galop will give a statement after the party (Dettori) has been notified,"he said.
Dettori (41) is looking at a six-month riding ban if the case is forwarded to the disciplinary committee and at this stage of his career, a lengthy absence from the saddle could threaten his future.
The medical committee deliberated for more than two hours before a brief statement was made to the media at the France-Galop headquarters. (© Daily Telegraph, London)