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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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Dettori 'ashamed and embarrassed' by failed drugs test

Jockey Frankie Dettori says he is "ashamed and embarrassed" after failing a drugs test. Credit: PA Wire

Frankie Dettori fears he may never repair the damage done to his reputation by a failed drugs test which has seen him handed a six-month ban.

The jockey told the Daily Star: "I'm ashamed and embarrassed. It was one night of madness with friends.

"I dropped my guard when I was at my weakest. I was in a dark place. I was very low, my job was going down the drain.

"When I woke up the next morning I regretted it but it was already too late. I will regret it for the rest of my life."

He added: "People will always remember it. Now when they look at me they won't think of the things I have done for racing in the past 20 years, they'll just think, 'He's the guy who got caught with drugs'."

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