Dettori’s positive test was not for a performance enhancer

THREE-TIME Champion Jockey Frankie Dettori’s failed drug test at a meeting in France earlier this year was not for a performance enhancing substance, his solicitor said yesterday.

Dettori, the biggest name in flat racing over the last 20 years, faces an inquiry next week over the positive test at a Longchamp meeting in September.

“There are a large variety of substances banned by France Galop,” said solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore. “We’re not going to say which substance he has tested positive for as that would be in breach of their rules, but it’s not a performance-enhancing drug.”

Dettori faces an uncertain future, having opted to pursue a freelance career after ending his 18-year association with thoroughbred stable Godolphin.