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Frankie Dettori: leading rider could be suspended for six months

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Dettori hearing ends as racing awaits rider's fate

THE France Galop hearing into Frankie Dettori's failed drugs test has ended and the jockey's representatives will release a statement on Wednesday when French racing's governing body is expected to deliver its verdict.

Dettori, who failed the test at Longchamp on Arc trials day on September 16, did not attend the hearing which began at 8.30am GMT and lasted for 40 minutes.

His solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said: "We'll be making a statement tomorrow out of respect for France Galop. We had a very sympathetic hearing. Frankie wasn't in the hearing, he did his talking last time. We won't be coming back."

Although the identity of the substance has not been revealed, if reports that it was cocaine, or a derivative thereof, prove correct, he faces the possibility of a six-month suspension.

Should this be the case, and the French authorities follow normal protocol and date the start of the ban nine days after the disciplinary inquiry, Dettori would be out of action until the week before the start of Royal Ascot next June.

Dettori, an international superstar who enjoys celebrity status among the British public, ended his 18-year association with Godolphin in October after riding the Coolmore-owned Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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