05/12/2012 08:56 GMT | Updated 05/12/2012 08:57 GMT

Jockey Frankie Dettori Given 6-Month Worldwide Ban After Failing Drugs Test In France

Frankie Dettori has been given a six-month worldwide racing ban for failing a drugs test.

The Jockey, 42, failed a test at Longchamp in September, reportedly testing positive for cocaine, according to the Telegraph.

The ban, issued by the French racing authorities, will be backdated to November 20, meaning he will not be able to race until May 19.


Dettori has ridden more than 3,000 winning races worldwide during his long career

Dettori’s legal representative, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said in a statement: “France Galop have today announced that they have found Frankie Dettori in breach of their rules relating to prohibited substances.

"I have spoken to Frankie Dettori since the announcement was made and he has told me he fully accepts France Galop’s decision.

"He also accepts he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public. But most of all, and his is his biggest regret, he has let down his wife and children."

The ban was widely expected but it could have been worse. If it had not been backdated, Dettori would miss next year's Epsom Derby, a huge event in the British racing calendar.

Dettori's 18-year contract with Godolphin racing team ended in October and questions about his post-ban future have been raised, reports the BBC.

Dettori's biographer, Jonathan Powell, said: "He will be like a floating Wayne Rooney and they will all want him.

"Frankie's a world-class jockey, arguably the best around. He'll be the first man they'll go to when there's a spare ride."