Dettori handed one-month ban for Cup ride

Frankie Dettori, who will be crowned champion jockey at Doncaster on Saturday, picked up a one-month ban after pleading guilty to careless riding in the Melbourne Cup.

Frankie Dettori, who will be crowned champion jockey at Doncaster on Saturday, picked up a one-month ban after pleading guilty to careless riding in the Melbourne Cup.

The Italian was aboard Mamool in Tuesday’s Australian highlight, and was deemed to have moved to the outside of the field, preventing sixth-placed Distinction from moving forward.

Dettori eventually finished seventh behind the victorious Makybe Diva, who was taking the race for the second year running. His ban will start at midnight on Saturday.

“It’s just one of those things,” said Dettori’s agent Ray Cochrane. “That’s what happens in Australia, you just have to get on with it.

“There’s no racing on with the Flat season finishing this weekend, so I suppose it isn’t that important.”

British racing on the level is restricted to just all-weather action after this weekend, but the timing of the ban allows the Italian to take part in the final turf meeting of the season at Doncaster.

“If it hadn’t been for your good record and guilty plea it (the ban) may well have been more severe,” Racing Victoria chief steward Des Gleeson is reported to have told Dettori.

However, the champion jockey-elect accepted that he had hampered Distinction.

“I thought the interference was minimal but I did make a mistake,” Dettori told the stewards.

The Italian has yet to win Australia’s showpiece race, with his best finish a second place on Central Park in 1999.

Dettori, who will be winning the British title for the first time since 1995 and for the third in all, has ridden a total of 195 winners this year.

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