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Neil Ruddock Celebrity Big Brother bath time

Did the water jump out when you got in, Razor Bath time for Ruddock in the Celeb Big Brother house

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:50 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 7 January 2013

Who knows what Neil Ruddock's motives for going into the Celebrity Big Brother house were, but we hope losing a few pounds is somewhere on his list of priorities.

There's no doubt 'Razor' has earned the right to treat himself now that his playing days are behind him. But he's clearly treating himself a little too often.

The former Millwall, Tottenham and Liverpool defender has joined Frankie Dettori and host of other celebs hoping to win cash for their chosen charity.

He's big Big Brother contestant: Ruddock in all his glory, heading for a bath

He's big Big Brother contestant: Ruddock in all his glory, heading for a bath

This is not the first time that the 44-year-old has ventured into the world of reality television since he hung up his boots in 2003. Ruddock appeared on 'I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!' in 2004.

While his television career has introduced his loutishness to a wider audience, Ruddock's behaviour gained him infamy in the footballing world in his mid-90s hey-day.

On the pitch, Ruddock was famously involved in a scuffle with Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, while he broke both of Cantona's United team-mate Andrew Cole's legs in a challenge in a reserve match in the same year.

One question: Is Ruddock really big, or is that bath really small

One question: Is Ruddock really big, or is that bath really small

Off the pitch, Razor earned himself a reputation as a heavy drinker and
womaniser during a career which spanned 17 years and took in eight
clubs.

Never the slimmest in his playing days, Ruddock has swelled to a size surely even he would have gawked at back in his prime. Maybe a spell away from the fridge will do him good.

Slim pickings: Ruddock cut a leaner figure in his playing days

Slim pickings: Ruddock cut a leaner figure in his playing days

Celebrity Big Brother: Frankie Dettori joins house

That's one way to serve your ban! Shamed jockey Dettori joins Celebrity Big Brother

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

21:19 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 3 January 2013

Frankie Dettori has found a novel way to fill his time while he serves a drugs ban – by appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

The 42-year-old is suspended until May after being sidelined following a failed test in September.

Dettori will be competing against the likes of X Factor star Rylan Clark and Steps singer Claire Richards.

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Change of scenery: Frankie Dettori joined fellow contestants in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Entering to a series of cheers from
the audience, the jockey admitted he was worried his fiery
Italian personality would land him in trouble in the house.

He
said: 'I don't know if I'm going to be a good housemate. I'm very
Latin, I blow hot and cold. I get on with people, I just don't know if
they get on with me.

'I'm looking forward to 2013, it's a new
start. I'll miss nothing about the outside world. I want to win!'

Lacey Banghard

Ryan Maloney

Pleased to meet you: Lacey Banghard and Ryan Maloney (aka Toadie) have also entered the famous house

Dettori's decision to join the programme comes as a surprise after his agent ruled the jockey out last month.

Pete Burrell, who has acted for
Dettori for many years, said: 'Frankie has no plans to appear on this
show. We have not discussed it and I do not imagine we will be
discussing it.

'Frankie is out of the country for the next two months and is already looking forward to riding again in May.'

Broadcaster and former jump jockey John Francome expressed surprise that Dettori's name had been linked with the show.

He said: 'Frankie will undoubtedly benefit from a proper break from racing after more than 20 years as a jockey.

'The last thing he needs is to be locked away for ages with a load of idiots on this show.

A new start for racing as Clare Balding is the new face of Channel 4

Channel 4 count on Clare class to clear the first hurdle with racing coverage

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

A New Year and a new era for Channel 4 racing begin on Tuesday with a whimper and without the two most recognisable names and faces in the sport.

Frankie Dettori, who as a Flat jockey would in any case be on holiday at this time of the year, is banned for six months for a drug offence while John McCririck has been swept away by a broom wielded with perhaps hasty gusto by the incoming production company.

Love him or loathe him, ‘Big Mac’ boasts a profile few in horse racing can match.

Channel hopping: Clare Balding will front the racing on Channel 4

Channel hopping: Clare Balding will front the racing on Channel 4

The whimper for the relaunch of the sole remaining terrestrial coverage was guaranteed when Cheltenham postponed their New Year’s Day meeting on Monday due to waterlogged ground. Poor Clare Balding, and there has been no other occasion to think that this annus mirabilis.

Denied a proper ‘goodbye’ from her BBC racing role by the weather last week, she will be restricted to a Channel 4 ‘hello’ from Nicky Henderson’s stables in Lambourn and not from a race meeting.

Perhaps not the greatest omen. This is more a case of going through the top of the first fence rather than hitting the ground running.

La Balding will be fine. Better than that. She will be her usual excellent self, as less prejudiced observers recognised long before her unmitigated triumph at the Olympic Games.

Large than life: John McCririck will no longer be part of the Channel 4 racing team

Large than life: John McCririck will no longer be part of the Channel 4 racing team

A real pro, she thrives on good old-fashioned hard work, journalistic rigour and unbridled enthusiasm.

A small quibble. A little less of the breathless whispering, please.

Hushed tones have never been McCririck’s style and there was never any chance of this largest of larger-than-life characters going quietly.

‘It is clearly a case of age discrimination,’ the 72-year-old told Sportsmail. ‘It is illegal what they (Channel 4) have done. But what can you do I never missed a day’s work and I don’t think I was ever late. My ability is unimpaired. I am very sad.’

McCririck remains particularly aggrieved about both the manner of his dismissal and what he regards as some implied criticism. ‘Thirty years, no consultation and I am rung 30 minutes before a press release is distributed.

Missing face: Frankie Dettori will not be on Channel 4 as he is serving a six month ban

Missing face: Frankie Dettori will not be on Channel 4 as he is serving a six month ban

‘And they talk about looking for a more journalistic approach to the context. I won two British Press Awards and I was a former Campaigning Journalist of the Year. This was a deliberate attempt to humiliate and demean me. It is very hurtful.’

McCririck may come across as something of a dinosaur but he has never been frightened to get dirty at the coal face, asking the difficult questions, confronting the controversial issues and holding to account those deserving of close scrutiny.

Part of the team: Emma Spencer will be part of the Channel 4 team

Part of the team: Emma Spencer will be part of the Channel 4 team

He formed an odd but expert betting partnership with Tanya Stevenson, who will continue in her role. The problem for new producers IMG Sports Media is that they are following a hard act in Highflyer, who in 28 years won several prestigious television awards while establishing a deserved reputation for excellence.

This was never more evident than in last Saturday’s final programme from the old regime when three times racing writer of the year Alastair Down, John Francome and McCririck, the three main casualties of change, demonstrated sheer class with the most dignified of farewells.

Down, in particular, was at his lyrical and poetic best in talking about jump racing being ‘the very stuff of life’, ‘nourishment for the soul’ and a ‘magnetic pull stronger than the very poles’ against a pictorial background of wonderful memories from a high-quality back catalogue.

‘If the devil could cast his nets (he would catch) some wonderful people involved in making these programmes behind the scenes,’ Down said.

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

‘Haway the lads,’ the Newcastle United-supporting McCririck concluded as Stevenson moved to embrace the whiskered one.

It is doubtful whether his encouragement was intended for the lads, and lasses, who from today represent the terrestrial custodians of the Sport of Kings.

The public will be watching and so will racing.

Frankie Dettori banned for six months

Dettori lands six-month riding ban over failed drug test at Longchamp

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UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

Frankie Dettori, the best known jockey in British racing, has been banned from riding for six months by the French racing authorities after his failed drugs test at Longchamp on September 16.

The worldwide ban, which has been backdated to November 20, will keep the 41-year-old three-time champion out of action until May 19.

It has been reported that the substance was cocaine and Dettori’s ban matches that of Kieren Fallon who was also suspended for six months on the first of the two occasions he tested positive for the drug while riding in France in 2006.

Positive: Frankie Dettori failed a drug test after riding at Longchamp on September 16

Positive: Frankie Dettori failed a drug test after riding at Longchamp on September 16

It means the Dettori will miss the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas next season and most of the important Classic trials.

But he will able to return in time for the both the Oaks, Derby and important Royal Ascot fixture.

Dettori’s solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said: ‘I have spoken to Frankie since the announcement was made and he has told me he fully accepts France Galop's decision.

‘He also accepts that he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public.

‘But most of all, and this is his greatest regret, he has let down his wife and children.

'He is enormously grateful for the opportunities that he has been given by owners and trainers over the years, and for the support of his many fans.

‘Racing has been good to Frankie and he knows that his privileged position brings with it responsibility.

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

‘For this reason he is determined to rebuild his reputation when he returns to the saddle.

‘Frankie could make excuses. He has, after all, regularly been tested for prohibited substances throughout his career.

‘He is clear, however, that the responsibility for his current situation lies squarely with him.

‘From the start of France Galop's inquiry he has acknowledged to them he has made a mistake and that the fault was his.

‘Finally, he has asked me to thank everyone for the many messages of support he and his family have received.’

France Galop announced Dettori’s suspension 24 hours after the jockey’s case had been heard by its Stewards’ Committee in Paris.

That hearing came a fortnight after the Medical Committee of France Galop ruled Dettori had a case to answer and just over three weeks after it first emerged on November 13 that Dettori had produced a positive test.

The jockey did not attend either hearing but gave evidence to the Medical Committee via a conference call during which it is understood he expressed a desire to rebuild his career.

Just how hard that will be, Dettori is about to find out.

Unseated: Dettori has been banned from racing for six months

Unseated: Dettori has been banned from racing for six months

The most vivacious and engaging personality in racing should be able to work his way back into the sport. Other jockeys, like Fallon, have proved that after a positive drug test.

The situation surrounding Dettori’s lapse – the erosion and ultimate ending of his position within Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin empire – will elicit sympathy in some quarters and his ability as a jockey will ensure there will be owners and trainers happy to book one of the sport’s most naturally-gifted talents.

But the extended absence from the sport comes at a time when, post Godolphin, Dettori had hoped to establish himself as the go-to freelance rider in British racing and, maybe, even challenge for a fourth championship.

Potential rides will have to be offered to rivals and possibly be lost forever.

The rebuilding of Dettori’s wider image will certainly be difficult. The happy-go-lucky image of the father of five has been tainted.

Battler: Dettori is determined to bounce back

Battler: Dettori is determined to bounce back

Dettori produced the positive test on the day he had four unsuccessful mounts at Longchamp on Arc trials day.

It came 24 hours after Encke had won the St Leger at Doncaster for his then employers Godolphin.

The colt had been ridden by young French jockey Mickael Barzalkona, whose promotion within the Sheik Mohammed operation had increasingly undermined Dettori, who had lost his status as the stable’s No 1 jockey.

There has been speculation that the disappointment of missing the Leger winner – Dettori had finished third on John Gosden’s Michelangelo – may have led to a moment of madness from an emotional athlete at a low ebb.

Rumours of a split from Godolphin had circulated before the Derby in June when the huge operation failed to find a runner for Dettori to ride and handed the mount on Kailani, their only representative in the Oaks, to Barzalona.

Dettori’s only group one winner in Britain for Godolphin this season was Colour Vision in the Ascot Gold Cup and his paltry return of 51 winners was his worst since his plane crash season in 2000.

The split finally did come when Dettori chose to ride Aidan O’Brien-trained Camelot in the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe in October, a horse owned by Ireland’s Coolmore Stud, the Sheik’s big sporting and commercial rival.

It appeared a calculated act which inevitably led to the announcement that Dettori’s hugely-successful 18-year association with Godolphin would end at the close of the 2012 season.

His last ride for the stable proved to be his final mount before his ban when unplaced on Cavalryman in the Melbourne Cup on November 6.

FRANKIE DETTORI FACTFILE

Born: Milan, December 15, 1970

Father: Multiple Italian champion jockey Gianfranco Dettori

Apprenticed to: Luca Cumani

First winner: Rif, Turin, Nov 16, 1986

First winner in Britain: Lizzy Hare, Goodwood, June 9, 1987.

Champion apprentice: 1989

Champion jockey: 1994, 1995, 2004

Married to: Catherine, five children (three girls, two boys)

Other information: Went through the card with seven winners at Ascot in September, 1996.

Survived a plane crash at Newmarket in 2000.

Has his name on a selection of Italian-style foods. Chain of restaurants in London – Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill.

Television: Former team captain on A Question Of Sport

British Classic wins: Derby – Authorized (2007).

Oaks – Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995), Kazzia (2002).

St Leger – Classic Cliche (1995), Shantou (1996), Scorpion (2005), Sixties Icon (2006), Conduit (2008).

2000 Guineas – Mark Of Esteem (1996), Island Sands (1999).

1000 Guineas – Cape Verdi (1998), Kazzia (2002), Blue Bunting (2011).

Frankie Dettori must wait for drug test verdict

Dettori plays waiting game with verdict due 24 hours after drug test hearing

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 4 December 2012

Frankie Dettori faces an anxious 24 hours before he learns the outcome of the disciplinary hearing into his failed drugs test.

The Italian did not attend Tuesday morning's 40-minute hearing held by the Stewards' Committee of the French racing authority.

But the 41-year-old's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said he had received a 'sympathetic hearing'.

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Stewart-Moore added: 'Out of respect to France Galop, we will not be making any comment until such time as France Galop make their announcement, which we understand will be tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.'

Dettori, the best known face in British racing, looks to be facing a worldwide ban of around six months after his positive test at Longchamp, believed to be for cocaine or a derivative of it, on September 16.

That is the length of the ban that Kieren Fallon was hit with by France Galop when he failed a test for cocaine for the first time.

Dettori appeared to accept a ban was inevitable when he accepted the decision of the medical committee to pass his file on to the stewards a fortnight ago.

But his legal team are believed to have made a case for any suspension to be backdated, possibly to as far as November 6 when Dettori took his last ride for Godolphin on unplaced Cavalryman in the Melbourne Cup.

An alternative possible start date would be November 21, the date Dettori was 'temporarily' suspended by France Galop after the medical committee hearing.

If France Galop accepted either scenario, Dettori would be able to return to the saddle in May, allowing him to take part in both the 2013 Derby and the Oaks as well as Royal Ascot.

However, the normal procedure in France is for a ban to start nine days after the final disciplinary hearing.

Sir Paul McCartney joins Hillsborough charity single

Legend McCartney joins all-star cast for Hillsborough charity single in Xmas No 1 bid

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UPDATED:

14:20 GMT, 22 November 2012

Sir Paul McCartney has joined 'The Justice Collective' line-up for the Hillsborough Tribute Single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' which is released on December 17.

Pop stars including Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Melanie C have joined McCartney for the charity song.

Liverpool United: The charity single will be released on December 17

Liverpool United: The charity single will be released on December 17

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The song is now the bookies favourite
for the coveted Christmas No 1 spot. Other artists on the track include
Andy Brown (Lawson), Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Mick
Jones (The Clash), Peter Hooton (The Farm), (The Justice Tonight band),
Chris Sharrock (Oasis), Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze), Ren Harvieu, Dave
McCabe (The Zutons), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Hollie Cook, Jon
McClure (Reverend & The Makers), John Power (Cast) and Gerry Marsden
(Gerry and the Pacemakers).

All artists have given their time for
free to record the single and the track is produced by the award-winning
Guy Chambers, with all proceeds from single sales going towards the
Hillsborough Families legal costs in their fight for justice.

Welcome along: McCartney has joined 'The Justice Collective' line-up for the Hillsborough Tribute Single

Welcome along: McCartney has joined 'The Justice Collective' line-up for the Hillsborough Tribute Single

Chambers said: 'I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96. If we can help to raise money to support the families' legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done.'

Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said: 'The families of the 96 should never have been in the position they are now in, of having to fight to get the accidental verdicts from the 1989 inquests overturned. I will continue to support their dignified campaign every step of the way.'

Robbie Williams

Eliza Doolittle

Star-studded line-up: Robbie Williams and Eliza Doolittle have already been confirmed

In 2009, Steve Rotheram, as the then Lord Mayor of Liverpool, brought together; Peter Hooton (The Farm), Dave Pichilingi (Sound City), Phil Hayes (The Picket) and Kevin McManus (Liverpool Acme), musicians, footballers and Liverpool celebrities to record 'Fields of Anfield Road' for the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. The record spent two weeks in the top 20.

VIDEO: Kenny Dalglish and Guy Chambers at the announcement…

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Frankie Dettori cocaine shame: Jockey"s drugs hearing opens tomorrow

D-day for Dettori as jockey's 'cocaine' hearing opens in Paris tomorrow

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UPDATED:

14:25 GMT, 19 November 2012

Frankie Dettori faces a disciplinary hearing of the French racing authorities tomorrow in Paris with the prospect of a long ban hanging over his head.

The three-time champion tested positive to a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine or a derivative of it, while riding at Longchamp on September 16.

Normal procedure is for the Medical Committee of France Galop to judge whether rider has a case to answer before the Stewards’ Committee is asked to decide on a penalty.

French date: Frankie Dettori, pictured here celebrating winning the Darley Irish Oaks last year, has failed a drugs test in France and tomorrow faces a hearing into that failed dope test (FILE IMAGE)

French date: Frankie Dettori, pictured here celebrating winning the Darley Irish Oaks last year, has failed a drugs test in France and tomorrow faces a hearing into that failed dope test (FILE IMAGE)

These two hearings can be up to 10 days apart.

However, it is understood that the French authorities could be persuaded to stage hearings of both committees on the same day.

The usual shroud of secrecy hangs over the internal workings of France Galop, who released minimal information when Kieren Fallon twiced tested positive for cocaine, incurring a six-month ban on the first occasion and 18 months the second time.

The Fallon case has led to speculation that Dettori could be facing a similar ban if he is found in breach of regulations.

That would potentially rule him out until May next year.

Career threatening: Dettori has reportedly tested positive for cocaine or a derivative

Career threatening: Dettori has reportedly tested positive for cocaine or a derivative

Frankie Dettori fails drug test

Racing hero Dettori in dock after positive drug test at Longchamp

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 13 November 2012

Frankie Dettori will face an inquiry next week after a positive drug test at Longchamp in September, the rider's legal representative has revealed.

Solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement with the news the Medical Committee of the French authority are planning a hearing.

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frankie Dettori

The statement said: 'On behalf of
Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test
at Longchamp on September 16 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry
by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week.

'In compliance with, and out of
respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting
further until the France Galop procedures have been completed.'

Dettori had four rides at Longchamp
on September 16, a day of major trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
meeting the following month.

He finished second on Godolphin’s Farrh
in the Prix du Moulin and third on the same stable's Willing Foe in the
Prix Gladiateur, third on Marco Botti’s Joshua Tree in the Prix Foy and
unplaced on Sarah Lynx in the Prix Vermeille.

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

France Galop are the equivalent of the British Horseracing Association (BHA).

It is understood the France Galop disciplinary process will be in two parts with a Medical Committee meeting next week followed by a Stewards Committee meeting – which could be anything up to to a week or 10 days later – where any suspension arising from the positive test will be handed down.

Dettori received police caution for
possession of cocaine on May 15 1993, after he had been to watch Arsenal
and Sheffield Wednesday play at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

France Galop have not commented on
proceedings and in previous similar cases they have not issued a
statement before the hearing.

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Last month, Dettori's parted company with racing stable Godolphin after a successful 18-year association.

The official line from Godolphin was
that 'the retainer was not really working', although Dettori was
expected to continue working his present contract until the end of 2012.

The British-based jockey has won more than 500 group races in his career. He is best known for riding seven winners at Ascot in 1996.

The 41-year-old partnered nine English Classic winners in the royal blue silks, including their first in 1994 Oaks victor Balanchine, and a total of 110 Group or Grade One winners for the owner.

Asked by the Sportsmail in 2010 about his biggest regret, he said: 'Getting caught with cocaine in 1993. I was on all the front pages and put my family through hell. I was cocky and had too much too soon. It made me grow up.'

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

Frankie Gavin takes Junior Witter"s British welterweight title after unanimous points decision

The future's bright for Gavin after beating Witter to claim British welterweight title

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UPDATED:

00:27 GMT, 2 November 2012

Frankie Gavin suggested he may yet realise his undoubted potential by dethroning veteran champion Junior Witter to claim the British welterweight title at York Hall.

The 27-year-old had not fought since May and had mustered just 13 bouts since turning professional over four years ago but proved too strong for Witter who suffered his sixth career defeat in a dull affair.

Gavin, who remains Britain's only world amateur champion, extended his unbeaten record at the iconic London venue and will have his sights set on bigger prizes in 2013.

Celebrate good times: Frankie Gavin is hoisted off the canvas after beating Junior Witter by a unanimous points decision

Celebrate good times: Frankie Gavin is hoisted off the canvas after beating Junior Witter by a unanimous points decision

Witter, 38, won a world title six years ago and claimed the British belt for a second time earlier this year but despite starting brightly, quickly ran out of ideas and was outpointed by margins of 119-109, 117-110 and 117-112.

A tense and cagey opening round was shaded by Witter who produced the cleaner blows while an accidental clash of heads left Gavin with a small cut on the bridge of his nose.

The Birmingham man's face continued to mark up in the second as Witter, a product of the same Wincobank Gym as fellow welterweight Kell Brook, used his right hand to good effect.

Deploying his tried and tested switch-hitting style, Witter banked another round as he continued to control the fight and prevent Gavin from letting his hands go, as highlighted by the younger man's corner.

Breaking out in a sweat: Gavin connects with a savage left jab

Breaking out in a sweat: Gavin connects with a savage left jab

The fourth session was something of a non event with neither man boxing on the front foot but Gavin delivered a timely reminder of his punching power in the next with two solid lefts over the top and although Witter returned the favour later in the round, he conceded his first of the night.

And Gavin, the won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, continued to work his way back into the contest as it reached the halfway stage while Witter fell to the canvas when attempting a rather wild shot.

The bout may have been entering the second half but neither man looked keen to grab it by the scruff of the neck although Gavin looked to have the momentum. He was however warned for hitting the back of the head, something not helped by Witter's tendency to turn away from his opponent.

Gavin was growing in confidence as he took the fight to his opponent and Witter's reluctance to engage provoked his trainer Dominic Ingle to read the riot act at the end of the eighth round.

On the front foot: Witter feels the force of a Gavin attack

On the front foot: Witter feels the force of a Gavin attack

But the champion failed to land a noteworthy punch in the next as the fight slipped away from him and although Gavin was far from fluent, he was doing enough to edge the rounds and increase his narrow advantage.

Witter's efforts to haul himself back into the contest resulted only in him pushing Gavin through the ropes in the tenth stanza and the messy exchanges continued until the former was deducted a point for continued holding which all but ended his brief second reign as domestic No 1.

Witter by now required a knockout to retain his title and he looked for such a punch in the penultimate session but succeeded only in falling significantly short.

The punch never came and Gavin safely saw out the final three minutes to confirm his superiority on all three scorecards.

Getting in a tangle: Gavin gets caught up in the ropes after stumbling

Getting in a tangle: Gavin gets caught up in the ropes after stumbling

Frankie Dettori could aim for jockeys" title

Freed Frankie fancies tilt at jockeys' title after parting company with Godolphin

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 October 2012

Frankie Dettori could launch an enthralling challenge for a fourth jockeys’ title riding as a revitalised freelance next year.

The Italian’s agent, former jockey Ray Cochrane, believes the championship is possible for the 41-year-old jockey with his 18-year link to Godolphin ending at the end of the season.

Cochrane said: ‘We will set our sights on winning most of the big races, if we can do, and will have a crack at being champion jockey.

Over and out: Frankie Dettori will cut ties with Godolphin from next season

Over and out: Frankie Dettori will cut ties with Godolphin from next season

‘The biggest thing about not being retained by Godolphin is that I can kick on five days in advance and make it my aim for him to ride the best horses.

‘Godolphin don’t let me know what he’s riding until 48 hours beforehand. He rides for a hell of a lot of trainers here in Newmarket and has links all over the world.’

In what looks a statement of intent, Dettori, champion in 1994, 1995 and 2004 but often living off crumbs this summer, is booked for all seven races at Newmarket on Wednesday, his first mounts since his split with Sheik Mohammed’s stable was announced.

The rides include bookings for John Dunlop, Tim Easterby, Brian Meehan, Gerard Butler and, significantly, Charlie Hills, who has rides to offer next year with the retirement of jockey brother Michael.

Big rides: Dettori could be on board the likes of Just The Judge next year

Big rides: Dettori could be on board the likes of Just The Judge next year

They include exciting Rockfel Stakes winner and 1,000 Guineas prospect Just The Judge. Dettori, already due to ride Godolphin’s Artigiano at next month’s Breeders’ Cup, will now also ride Ralph Beckett-trained Waterway Run.

Meanwhile, David Redvers, racing manager to Sheik Fahad Al Thani and his family’s Qatar Racing interests, confirmed a deal is close to signing Jamie Spencer as retained rider but added it would be ‘barking mad’ not to book the freelance Dettori if he was available and they needed a jockey.

Redvers said: ‘Although we are in negotiations with Jamie, there is no contract signed yet. I expect we will have something put to bed by the end of the week.

‘But if whoever we retain is unable to ride and Frankie is available, you’d be barking mad not to book him. He is still the best jockey riding and with something to prove he will be going all guns blazing.’