Frankie Dettori admits to taking cocaine

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  • Jockey Frankie Dettori, who was banned for six months last year for failing a drugs test, says he is “very ashamed and embarrassed”.

    An interview with Frankie will be broadcast on Channel 4 news tonight (Thursday 16 May).

    During the interview, with Channel 4 Racing presenter Clare Balding, the popular Flat jockey admits to taking cocaine. He attributes it to to “a moment of weakness” when he was “feeling very depressed”.

    Frankie was banned from race riding for six months (from 20 November 2012 – 19 May 2013) after he failed a random drugs test at Longchamp racecourse in Paris on 16 September 2012.

    During the interview he describes the six months as a “very, very difficult time.”

    Having almost served his ban, Frankie will be back in the saddle on Monday (20 May) at Leicester — where the opening race will be run as The EBF Welcome Back Frankie Maiden Stakes.

    Clare Balding talks exclusively to Frankie Dettori on Channel 4 News tonight (Thursday 16 May) at 7pm

    Watch a preview here

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