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Frankie Dettori: determined to come back stronger after riding ban

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Sorry Dettori regrets
'moment of madness'

FRANKIE DETTORI has expressed his regret over "one night of madness" after receiving a six-month ban from riding following a failed drugs test.

Dettori, 41, was handed the ban by France Galop on Wednesday following after a prohibited substance was found in a sample he provided when riding at Longchamp on September 16.

Dettori, who had received a police caution in 1993 for possession of cocaine, admitted that he had "let down myself, my family and the sport I love" but vowed to return to the course next year and "prove a point".

"I am ashamed for myself and my family. I have let down the sport I love and all those associated with it as well as the public," Dettori told the Daily Express.

"I was in a bad place for three or four months but I am not a paedophile, I haven't killed anyone and I am not going to prison."

The Derby-winning jockey,who will not be able to return to riding until May 20, admitted that he found life difficult with increased competition for rides at Godolphin, where he found himself used sparingly as rides were shared between himself, Silvestre de Sousa and Mickael Barzalona.

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Frankie Dettori: left Godolphin after 18 years in October

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Dettori frequently found himself playing the reserve role behind Barzalona at Godolphin and split from Sheikh Mohammed's organisation shortly after riding Camelot for Godolphin's chief rivals Coolmore in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

He said: "I felt like I wasn't flavour of the month, like the love had gone and it was one night of madness with my friends. I got caught and I paid the price but I feel terrible for my wife and children.

"I am a proud person, so the sadness of leaving my position and moving on will stay with me forever."

Dettori plans to return to ride as a freelance next season and is determined to make up for lost time.

"I've definitely got a point to prove when I come back to ride and I'm certainly not ready to put the slippers on just yet," he said.

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