Racing: Dettori's offences add up

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Frankie Dettori was yesterday referred to the Jockey Club disciplinary committee under the "totting-up" procedure. He earned a trip to Portman Square after being found guilty of careless riding on Baajil at Newmarket.

The Italian has been summoned because the latest transgression takes him over the threshold for the referral system introduced by the Jockey Club last year. If the committee finds him guilty he will receive a suspension for yesterday's offence plus a minimum ban of 14 days for the accumulation of offences - part of which may be deferred for up to six months.

Dettori was not intending to ride again in Britain this year but a long ban could still rule him out of races abroad, such as the Japan Cup on 23 November or the Hong Kong International meeting on 14 December.

Dettori is set for a busy period over the next 10 days as he is flying to Australia to ride The Queen's Arabian Story in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, before partnering Singspiel in the Breeders' Cup Turf in Hollywood next Saturday.