The French horse racing federation says jockey Frankie Dettori has been suspended from racing in France, based on medical grounds following a positive drug test.
Dettori, one of the world's best known riders, tested positive for an unidentified banned substance on Sept. 16 after riding at Longchamp.The British-based jockey will not ride anywhere else or make any comment until the matter is settled.
According to the Racing Post, Dettori gave evidence via conference call to a panel of three doctors convened in Paris Nov. 20, after which the independent medical commission decided to pass the matter on to France Galop's disciplinary committee.
"According to article 143 of the Rules of Racing, the medical committee's report has been passed on to the France Galop stewards. The France Galop stewards will be studying the file within the next fortnight before deciding what action will be taken in accordance with the Rules of Racing. "
The suspension lasts at least until Dettori's next hearing before France Galop, which could take place within the next two weeks, spokesman Julien Pescatore said. No date has been set.
Dettori's lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said the jockey ``will not be riding anywhere'' until the stewards have made their final decision.
``He is grateful to the medical committee for their time and in particular for listening to his explanation of his position,'' Stewart-Moore said in a statement.
Dettori has not raced since the Nov. 6 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), where he finished 14th on Cavalryman.
``Once the stewards of France Galop make their decision he will make a full statement, but is unable to do so until such time as that final decision is announced,'' Stewart-Moore said.