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Frankie Dettori - Santa Anita - Oct 2008

Frankie Dettori: expected to be back in action at Leicester on Monday

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Dettori cleared for return to action on Monday

FRANKIE DETTORI has been cleared to resume riding in Britain when his disciplinary ban expires on Sunday, although a French medical commission is awaiting clarification from the jockey before he will be allowed to compete again in France.

Dettori, who this week told Channel 4 News that he was "ashamed and embarrassed" by his six month ban following a positive test for cocaine, is expected to return to action at Leicester on Monday evening.

Under the terms of the suspension, imposed by France-Galop stewards following the positive test at Longchamp on September 16, Dettori was required to submit to medical examination on or after April 20.

The independently-appointed panel of three doctors which had originally declared Dettori "medically unfit" to ride competitively last November, had been awaiting the final results of those tests.

Those results have now been received by the commission but the dossier on the case remains open while clarification is sought on an unspecified matter.

Dettori took the opportunity to ride out for Nicolas Clement and Carlos Laffon-Parias when in France to undergo the tests last months and also rode work for Aidan O'Brien while on a short break in Ireland recently. 

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