Born on the 15 December 1970 in Milan, Italy, the highly popular Jockey was tested positive for a Class A drug during a routine exam at Longchamp in France on 16 September. The result of this test is that Frankie Dettori has been banned from Racing in France for 6 months commencing from 20 November 2012 to 19th May 2013. Although the ban is for racing in France, it is almost certain to be extended to a World Wide ban. Frankie Dettori has accepted the ban and the three times British Champion will have to wait till next summer before he can race again. Frankie has stated that he “accepts that he has let down the sport he loves, as well as the public.”
Frankie admitted in an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight program that he used to take diuretic drugs to enable him to keep his weight down, he stopped taking them when the Jockey Club banned their use in 1998, he stated “I took Lasix, pee pills, diuretics, laxatives; all sorts.” This has been without doubt one of the worst years for this likable jockey, he has lost his No1 Jockey position at Godolphin’s, being usurped by his understudy Mickael Barzalona and to cap it all his contract with Sheikh Mohammed has not been renewed after riding for him for 18 very successful years.
There is no doubt that the punters will be the biggest losers in this ban, Frankie rides winners and if you like to follow popular jockeys you will have won more than you have lost by betting on Frankie Dettori. This is a jockey who has ridden the winners of more than 500 Group Races, he became the first teenager since the legendary Lester Piggott to ride 100 winners in one season. Frankie’s most memorable day was without doubt the day he broke the bookmakers hearts at Ascot in 1996, on Champion’s Day he rode in seven races and won them all.
One sure bet is Frankie Dettori will return to racing next year and you should get great odds on him riding a winner in his first race, try Paddy Power for some cheeky bets.