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Friday 18 April 2014

Long ban looks on the cards for Dettori

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.

Inquiry

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)

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