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Dettori statement on Wednesday

Frankie Dettori will have to wait until Wednesday to learn his fate after France Galop concluded their hearing into his failed drugs test.

The 41-year-old rider is expected to be handed a six-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance at Longchamp on September 16.

The French racing authority's medical commission held an initial inquiry last month before passing their findings onto the stewards for their consideration.

France Galop announced on November 21 that Dettori would be temporarily suspended from riding in France with immediate effect on medical grounds, although he has not actually ridden in public since taking part in the Melbourne Cup in Australia on November 6.

Dettori's solicitor Christopher Stewart Moore was in Paris for Tuesday morning's hearing but will not comment on the case until France Galop have published their decision.

Julien Pescatore, spokesman for the authority, said on Monday evening: "France Galop will not be making any comment until Wednesday."

"We'll be making a statement tomorrow out of respect for France Galop. We had a very sympathetic hearing. Frankie wasn't in the hearing, he did his talking last time. We won't be coming back," said Dettori's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore.