DettoriFormer British champion jockey Frankie Dettori is the new retained rider for racehorse owner, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

‘I’m thrilled to have taken a job for an outstanding new owner and I’m looking forward to the association, said the British-based Italian jockey to Reuters.

Dettori has been without a regular ride since his successful 18-year partnership with the Godolphin stable of Dubai ruler Sheikh Moahmmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which ended in October.

‘I went over to Chantilly and has a nice meeting with Sheikh Joaan. We’ve started an agreement and I’m look forward to this new venture for me,’ he told the At The Race television channel. ‘I rode a couple of horses for him at Roysl Ascot and he was very interested to have my service. I had a long talk with him and he seems a very ambitious owner…He’s got plenty of horses and he’s got plans to expand, so its a good opporutnity for me to get back in the big leagues,’ said Dettori to Reuters.

The jockey was banned for six months after testing positive for drugs at Longchamp last September. Therefore, this marks his first job since his his six-month ban of doping, which ended in May. Initially, the three-times champion and one of the biggest names in sport returned as a freelancer.