In his first TV interview since the ban, speaking to Clare Balding for Channel 4 News, Dettori admits for the first time that he took cocaine and says he has paid the price for his mistake.
“I’m very ashamed and embarrassed, and paid a very big price for it, you know. I spent six months not doing the thing that I love, racing,” he said.
I’m very ashamed and embarrassed, and paid a very big price for it. Frankie Dettori
As he prepares to get back in the saddle professionally, 42-year-old Dettori said the drug test failure at Longchamp in Paris last year was a “moment of weakness” after splitting with his long-time stables, Godolphin.
“Things were going bad, I was depressed and I guess a moment of weakness, and I fell for it and I’ve only got myself to blame. I can’t blame anybody else,” he said.
“The embarrassment of when it come out, I had to hide in my house for a week. The paparazzi outside. The embarrassment of telling the children, you know. You know they still go to school, they might get bullied, and so it was a very, very difficult time.”
Watch the full interview on Channel 4 News on Thursday at 7pm.