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Dettori: 'Ashamed' over drugs

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori has said he fears his reputation may never recover after being suspended from racing for six months for failing a drugs test. He told the Daily Star: "I'm ashamed and embarrassed" over his "night of madness."

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Frankie Dettori could be back in saddle by May 19

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori's six-month ban will be counted from 20 November because he been prevented from racing since that date, French authorities said.

It means he could be back in the saddle as early as 19 May 2013.

The statement from the French racing authority, France Galop, said:

They [France Galop stewards] decided to take into account his temporary incapacity to ride in races in France due to medical reasons, as of November 20, 2012, pursuant to the statement made by the Medical Committee.

– France Galop statement

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