Dettori Derby hopes still alive

Dettori Derby hopes still alive
Frankie Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori still hopes to be able to ride at the Investec Derby meeting this weekend following a further meeting with France Galop officials yesterday.

The French authority banned the Italian for six months after he tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp last September, but the rider had been due to return to action last week after serving that suspension.

However, a “private matter” between Dettori and the medical committee of France Galop has so far prevented the French regulator from clearing the jockey to return, with the British Horseracing Authority reciprocating that stance.

Dettori, his solicitor Christopher Stewart Moore and French agent Herve Naggar were all present at a meeting with the French authority on Tuesday afternoon.

Naggar reports some progress to have been made in the case, with Dettori’s team hoping the rider will be cleared for action by the end of the week.

He said: “This afternoon Frankie Dettori, Christopher Stewart Moore and myself met with the medical committee of France Galop.

“Following the problem of last week, Frankie Dettori asked to be retested, both last week and yesterday.

“The medical committee accepted the explanation of the mishap with his earlier test and it is hoped that by the end of the week Frankie Dettori will be allowed to ride in France.

“This will be subject to getting the results of his final tests and them coming back all clear, hopefully this will have happened by Thursday night and without Frankie having to meet with France Galop again.

“The results of the first tests have come back and they are fine and it was at Frankie’s request that he took all the tests again.”

The Derby meeting begins at Epsom on Friday and Dettori’s team are keen to be back in action by then.

The 42-year-old has been riding work for Aidan O’Brien and has been touted as a possible jockey for one of the Ballydoyle raiders.

BHA chief executive Paul Bittar has already stated the authority will be aiming for a speedy resolution to Dettori’s case once the French organisation has given the go-ahead.

However, until official clearance has been given, the position of racing’s rulers is unchanged.

It tweeted: “BHA has contacted France Galop today. We have been informed that they are not in a position to provide any further information at present.

“France Galop have stressed that they will make a communication regarding Frankie Dettori as soon as they are in a position to do so.”

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