Wednesday, 5 December 2012




FRANKIE DETTORI: hit with six-month suspension following positive drugs test
Andrew Scutts & Jon Lees 6:37PM 5 DEC 2012
Dettori backed to bounce back from drugs test ban

NEWMARKET'S Italian community on Wednesday rallied round Frankie Dettori, as trainers and jockeys backed the three-time champion to bounce back from his six-month ban.

The suspension, confirmed by France Galop on Wednesday morning, and which Dettori will not contest, amounts to an effective worldwide ban as racing jurisdictions, including the BHA, will accept the French authority's request to reciprocate it.
Bookmakers, always on the hunt for innovative markets, set about pricing Dettori 2013 specials, and Paddy Power go just evens about Dettori adding to his haul of 88 Group 1 winners in Britain and Ireland.
Dettori will be able to ride again on May 20, subject to passing a medical, and the trainer who first took him under his wing as a teenaged apprentice was pleased that he will be eligible to ride at the Investec Derby festival.

Luca Cumani said: "I very much hope he can overcome this setback. It would be a shame if this affects his future because he's such a fantastic rider. I am sure he will be determined to prove it again when he comes back. I'm glad he can be around for the Derby and hope he gets a good ride in it."
Marco Botti provided Dettori with the last of his three top-flight victories in 2012, when the rider steered Joshua Tree to success in the Canadian International.
Botti said: "I'm not sure what Frankie's plans are but if he wants to keep fit then I would be more than happy to let him ride work.

"Frankie won the Canadian International for us. I was keen to use him on some horses and we had a chance to have him more than previous years.
"We don't have a stable jockey. Adam Kirby still rides for us and so does Martin Harley and will continue to do so, but I think we'll have rides for Frankie when he comes back."

Dettori has been racing's most recognisable figure for numerous years, a fact acknowledged by the sport's promoters, Racing For Change, who said racing was strong enough to survive the negative publicity his case has brought.
In a statement chief executive Rod Street said: "Frankie, for many years, has played a significant role in promoting racing to the wider public. He has also been an excellent ambassador for the British Champions Series.
"He will certainly be missed but racing is a big sport so we're sure his absence will bring other racing personalities to the fore. In terms of the wider impact from Frankie's suspension, negative publicity for the sport is always regrettable but racing is robust enough to cope with it. And, when Frankie returns, we're certain he'll come back stronger and wiser."

William Buick, a rising star of the weighing room, and likely one day to emulate Dettori by becoming champion, said from Hong Kong: "He has done so much good for the sport and I'm sure he will be back stronger at the end of it."
The riders' umbrella body, the Professional Jockeys Association, also backed Dettori, chief executive Paul Struthers saying: "As in any walk of life jockeys will make mistakes. Frankie Dettori has made such a mistake and accepted the consequences of it, and if he needs any support the PJA and Injured Jockeys Fund between them can provide that."
Struthers continued: "Jockeys in Britain are subjected to regular testing and, from 2,607 in-competition urine tests and 3,697 breath tests since 2005, there is no evidence to suggest that there is a fundamental drug problem with jockeys.
"The wider issue of jockeys' mental wellbeing is something the PJA cares passionately about. "As well as all the normal pressures that other sportsmen and women have to contend with, unlike many other sports jockeys have the added pressures of massively reduced calorific intake and are constantly at very real risk of serious injury.

NEWMARKET'S Italian community on Wednesday rallied round Frankie Dettori, as trainers and jockeys backed the three-time champion to bounce back from his six-month ban. (12 hours ago) More


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