Frankie Dettori: is the subject of a France Galop inquiry next weekPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Frankie Dettori faces inquiry after positive test
FRANKIE DETTORI will face a France Galop inquiry after providing a positive test at Longchamp on September 16, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said in a statement: "On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16, 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week.
"In compliance with, and out of respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting further until the France Galop procedures have been completed."
Dettori, whose celebrity status has made him a household name across the globe, had four rides at Longchamp on Sunday, September 16.
He partnered the Marco Botti-trained Joshua Tree to take third in the Prix Foy before he finished last aboard Sarah Lynx in Prix Vermeille. He was narrowly denied on Godolphin's Farhh in the Prix du Moulin before he finished third on Willing Foe in the Prix Gladiateur.
It was announced last month that Dettori and Godolphin were to part company after an 18-year association.
On the day before the 2007 Derby-winning rider failed the Longchamp test, Dettori had been at Doncaster, where he finished third for one-time boss John Gosden in the St Leger won by Mickael Barzalona on Godolphin's sole runner in the Classic, Encke.
That reverse was the latest in a series of instances in which Barzalona was this year preferred to his more senior colleague.
Having been reportedly left frustrated by those setbacks, Dettori placed his large Godolphin retainer at risk when he accepted the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe mount on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Camelot without first seeking permission from his employer.
Just two weeks on from Camelot's below-par Longchamp defeat, Dettori and Godolphin announced their parting in a joint-statement, in which Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford stated the stable had come to the conclusion that Dettori’s retainer "was not really working".
Dettori had been quoted as short as 10-1 with Ladbrokes to reclaim the jockeys' championship he last won in 2004.