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Dettori lands new deal with Al Thani

July 1, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Five weeks after returning from a cocaine ban, Frankie Dettori has been taken on as the new retained rider for Qatari-based owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.

Dettori, one of the world’s best-known jockeys, has been without a regular ride since his successful 18-year partnership with Godolphin ended in October.

Dettori says “it’s a good opportunity for me to get back in the big league.”

Dettori rode some horses owned by Al Thani at Royal Ascot last month.

The Italian-born jockey was banned for six months after testing positive at Longchamp last September.

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