Jockey Benoit de la Sayette, 18, and dubbed ‘next Dettori’ gets six-month cocaine ban – but set to race again next month


TOP jockey Benoit de la Sayette, 18, has been banned for six months after testing constructive for cocaine.

However, the rider dubbed the ‘next Frankie Dettori’ is set to race again next month after his ban was backdated.

Top jockey De la Sayette, 18, and dubbed the ‘next Frankie Dettori’ has been given a backdated six-month ban after testing constructive for cocaineCredit: Racing TV

A video leaked on social media appeared to present De la Sayette shut to cocaine being chopped up on a toilet cistern.

The clip claimed to have been filmed hours after the jockey gained the £100,000 Lincoln at Doncaster remaining March.

That video – which referred to as De la Sayette ‘Newmarket’s largest junkie’ – was rejected as a ‘malicious’ try to discredit the rising star, and the rider issued a sturdy denial.

He insisted the video was from October 2019 and that he didn’t take cocaine then or after worthwhile the Lincoln.

But in subsequent BHA assessments, De la Sayette’s hair pattern returned a constructive for metabolites of cocaine and he admitted to taking the drug.

An unbiased three-person panel at a listening to in London this morning was educated De la Sayette admitted taking cocaine ‘three or 4 occasions’ at events between August 2020 and January 2021.

The jockey was residing in racing HQ Newmarket on the time and was acknowledged to have been hanging spherical with a ‘dangerous crowd’.

He moved again in alongside alongside together with his mother and father in February whereas persevering with to journey out for prime coach John Gosden this summer season season.

But Ciara McElvogue, representing the British Horseracing Authority, supplied proof suggesting ‘the attainable use of cocaine all through the interval of January to March’.


On the again of that, Tim Charlton QC, chairing the panel, acknowledged he had ‘misgivings relating to the fullness of the rationale you may have given all through the fragile of the expert proof we have got now’.

He added: “This panel is nonetheless involved with reference to the fact that you will have on the face of it been utilizing cocaine after you had returned dwelling.

“That’s a hazard that the expert proof opens and subsequently being at dwelling doesn’t appear on that expert proof to have cured the problem you had with the utilization of cocaine.

“That’s a matter you will need to confront, perhaps, when you come before the licencing committee.”


De La Sayette – who’s set to present the likelihood to race again from October 17 – could have to cross a match and applicable check with the committee prior to he can compete.

The jockey issued an apology for taking cocaine and for ‘deceptive’ these spherical him in a press launch launched on the time his constructive was launched.

He acknowledged: “I can not apologise ample for my actions, each in respect of taking cocaine and of deceptive these spherical me.

“Earlier this yr I moved again dwelling to stick with my mother and father so as to take myself away from an setting the place it was current.

“There are no excuses and I am sorry.”

De la Sayette looked like taking off into the stratosphere after his win on Haqeeqy but he sat out the season pending the outcome of his cocaine positive
De la Sayette appeared like taking off into the stratosphere after his win on Haqeeqy but he sat out the season pending the outcomes of his cocaine constructiveCredit: PA

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