Dettori ‘tested positive 
for banned substance’

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Frankie Dettori is set to face an inquiry next week after testing positive for a banned substance at Longchamp in France in 

Solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement on behalf of Dettori yesterday, revealing the news that the medical committee of the French authority is planning a hearing.

The statement said: “On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on 16 September 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the medical committee of [governing body] France Galop next week.

“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.”

Dettori, 41, had four rides at Longchamp on 16 September, a day of major trials for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting the following month.

He partnered Marco Botti’s Joshua Tree to finish third in the Qatar Prix Foy, while the John Hammond-trained Sarah Lynx trailed home last in the Prix 

He was then beaten by just a head into second on Godolphin’s Farhh in the Prix du Moulin, and was third for his former employers on Willing Foe in the Prix Gladiateur.