Doping of Frankie Dettori

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05/12/2012 at 13:06

I just don't get this. Why should it matter that he was doped if it's the horse who does all the running? Was the horse doped too?

05/12/2012 at 13:09

That's what I thought as well! Was it recreational or performance enhancing drugs?

I can imagine that any sport where the participants have to make a weight limit will have some dodgyness going on in terms of diruetics etc.

cougie    pirate
05/12/2012 at 13:19
Of course the jockeys fitness and weight come into it. Otherwise why bother with jockeys at all ?
05/12/2012 at 13:23

Maybe just to steer it in the right direction?

cougie    pirate
05/12/2012 at 13:25
I'm sure they have rules against doping in F1 drivers too.
05/12/2012 at 13:26
Certainly do Cougie, all forms of Motorsport. The only time I have ever been tested was at a car rally !
05/12/2012 at 13:29

he's not been banned for performance enhancing drugs - so the inference there is a ban for a recreational drug.  cocaine is the usual culprit here and afaik, all major sports have bans for use of these under the "bringing the sport into disrepute" banner.

recreational drugs can also stem hunger pangs so it's also a way of keeping weight off which is very important for jockeys.

and he's previously been cautioned for possession of cocaine, back in 1993 

Edited: 05/12/2012 at 13:29
05/12/2012 at 13:43

Jockeys have to be very strong and fit to stay on the horse and guide it, especially over jumps.

Drugs like amphetamines would assist with keeping weight off, as cocaine probably would too.


05/12/2012 at 13:46

He's a cheat. Ban him for life.

05/12/2012 at 13:59

whip him ?

05/12/2012 at 15:12

Why bother with human jockeys anyway? I say we follow the example of the camel racers in the Gulf and use robots instead:,0.jpg


05/12/2012 at 15:29

I thought they'd said it was a diuretic - must have dreamt it or read someone speculating - apparently he's admitted taking them before they were banned - not surprising as I'm sure most jockeys did.   I've never understood why athletes should be sanctioned for drugs that are purely recreational except by the police and courts so if it was cocaine I've got sympathy for him.   

05/12/2012 at 15:56

pops - diuretics come under the PEDs banner as they assist weight loss which in a jockey is definitely performance enhancing; or aid excretion of other banned drugs. his lawyer has said the drug was not a PED - hence inference of recreational.

no doubt the actual truth will come out soon


05/12/2012 at 16:14

Pointless if he's using a horse to get around,

05/12/2012 at 16:24

Yes I wondered if perhaps his lawyer was being a bit disingenuous with his definition of a ped - but I guess that would then be inviting further criticism when it came out  if it was a diuretic.   

05/12/2012 at 17:39

what about a donkey getting a cuddy back on a marine?


05/12/2012 at 19:49

Thanks for that Dude! You have made my day, what a great picture Hmmm you don't think he was going to barbecue it?

06/12/2012 at 08:03

Great pic Dude! 

06/12/2012 at 09:58
the dude abides wrote (see)

what about a donkey getting a cuddy back on a marine?


Cuddy back? I've always known that as a piggy back.

06/12/2012 at 10:49

As well as being very strong and fit, most jockeys also have to maintain an artificially low body weight which means loads of self-denial. Sometimes they stray, either to let off steam or make the weight. Despite being very fit, many smoke as it's another appetite supressant. Apparently Piggot used to have a kitchen cupboard stuffed full of choclate which he would sometimes just stare at to test his will power. Maybe the racing authorities should also look at raising minimum weight limits a bit, at least for flat jockeys?   

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