Nov 19 2012
Frankie Dettori faces a France Galop inquiry on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance at Longchamp in September.
His solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement last week which said the jockey would appear before the medical committee of the French racing authority in Paris.
Dettori faces a six-month ban, which is expected to be reciprocated by racing jurisdictions worldwide.
Stewart-Moore declined to name the substance involved, but said it was "not a performance-enhancing drug".
Dettori had four rides at Longchamp on September 16, a day of major trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting the following month.
France Galop have not commented on proceedings and, in previous similar cases, have not issued a statement before the hearing.
Dettori made the headlines last month when his 18-year association with powerful owners Godolphin came to an end, with the three-times champion jockey planning to ride as a freelance in 2013.
A number of bookmakers have now, however, removed Dettori from their betting for next year's jockeys' championship.
Kieren Fallon was banned six months by France Galop in 2006 after returning a positive test for a metabolite of a banned substance.
France Galop then banned him a further 18 months after a second positive test in August 2007.