Frankie Dettori needs Champions Day waiver after collecting six days in French whip bans

Horse Racing Loving Dream Frankie Dettori will need Champions Day waiver
Frankie Dettori on Loving Dream, one of two rides at ParisLongchamp for which he received a whip ban. Photo: France Galop/

By Jon Lees

France: Frankie Dettori will have to ask France Galop to move one day of a riding ban in order to be free to ride at Qipco British Champions Day after committing two whip breaches during Arc weekend.

Dettori rode three winners over the two days at ParisLongchamp – but also collected a total of six days in suspensions.

ParisLongchamp stewards suspended him for two days on Saturday after Loving Dream got up to snatch a short neck victory in the G1 Prix de Royallieu from Believe In Love.

On Sunday Dettori received a four-day ban when he was on the end of a narrow defeat on Grand Glory who went down by a nose to Rougir in the G1 Prix de l’Opera. In both incidents, stewards said Dettori used the whip six times.

In Britain penalties apply 14 days after the offence, which would be Saturday, October 16, the day of Champions Day at Ascot.

In France, as in Britain, jockeys are allowed to move one day of a suspension. In this case Dettori will have to make an application to the French authority, who only allow the exemption once a season, who would then notify the BHA.

Dettori was not the only jockey to fall foul of the whip rules with Christophe Soumillon handed a two-day sentence after finishing second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Tarnawa.

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