Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, one of the most recognisable faces in racing, is to face an inquiry after a 'positive test' for a banned substance at Longchamp in France. Where Dettori had four rides, on September 16, a day of major trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting the following month.
The rider's legal representative, Christopher Stewart-Moore, revealed that Mr Dettori will face a France Galop inquiry next week following the test on the 16th of September. He then added, "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."
The legendary jockey made Ascot history in 1996 when he rode seven winners at this historic Royal meet. And just last month Dettori made the headlines when his 18-year association with Godolphin came to an end, with the jockey planning to ride as a freelance in 2013.
So far France Galop have not commented on proceedings and in previous similar cases, they have not issued a statement before the hearing.
Written and presented by Ann Salter