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Dettori bags first Group One winner since drugs ban

ESPN staff
September 15, 2013
Frankie Dettori makes his trademark dismount after winning the Qatar Prix Vermeille © Getty Images

Frankie Dettori secured his first Group One winner since returning from a drugs ban after riding 11/10 favourite Treve to victory in the Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp - the same course he tested positive for cocaine in 2012.

Treve and Dettori finished almost two lengths clear of 8/1 shot Wild Coco - trained by the late, great Sir Henry Cecil's widow Lady Jane Cecil.

Dettori is now shifting focus towards the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, but was pleased to be back in the winner's circle.

"It's brilliant. She is the first decent horse I've ridden for a while," Dettori said. "The Arc will be a different type of race, so I just hope I'm drawn on the fence so I can get some cover.

"It was always the plan to ride her [Treve] like that as I knew she had a great turn of foot."

Dettori was banned for six months by the French Galop after testing positive for cocaine at Longchamp in September, which was reciprocated by the British Horseracing Authority.

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