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Jockey Frankie Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori

THE British Horseracing Authority is poised to issue Frankie Dettori's riding licence once the rider has been given clearance to return to the saddle by France Galop.

The French authority banned the Italian for six months after he tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp last September, but the rider had been due to return to action last week after serving that suspension.

However, a "private matter" between Dettori and the medical committee of France Galop has so far prevented the French regulator from clearing the jockey to return, with the BHA reciprocating that stance.

Dettori and his team met with France Galop yesterday afternoon and they expect the results of a final batch of tests to be confirmed tomorrow, with the rider still hoping to be in action at this weekend's Investec Derby meeting at Epsom.

The BHA is anticipating a decision by France Galop before the weekend and have reiterated their intention to act swiftly once the situatiogn is resolved.

"We have contacted France Galop again today, who have informed us that their medical committee's decision regarding Frankie Dettori's fitness to ride will be taken before the weekend," said spokesman Robin Mounsey.

"Upon receiving confirmation that he is fit to ride, the BHA would grant Dettori with his licence to ride in Britain."

The Derby meeting begins at Epsom on Friday and Dettori's team are keen to be back in action by then.

The 42-year-old has been riding work for Aidan O'Brien and has been touted as a possible jockey for one of the Ballydoyle raiders in the Derby.

Final declarations for Friday's card have already been made while Saturday's card will be declared tomorrow morning, but that does not mean Dettori will be unable to ride should his licence be returned in time for racing.

Mounsey added: "In normal circumstances we would be prepared to approve a substitution of a rider if a jockey who was unavailable at the time of declarations subsequently becomes available prior to the race."

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