Posted: Monday July 1, 2013 11:17 AM

Dettori lands new deal with Al Thani

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

Dettori 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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