Frankie Dettori has revealed that the last 18 months were the worst of his career.
The 42-year-old recently returned from a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine at Longchamp in France last year.
The Italian announced in an interview with BBC Sport that he wants to put the period behind him and focus on horse racing.
He told BBC: "The last 18 months have been the worst of my life in terms of work. Now it's just a case of restarting again and getting the love back."
Dettori returned from his ban at Epsom last week, and finished last in his first race on Beatrice Aurore. He did not ride in the Derby.
The Italian has more than 3000 wins in his career, although the last of these came in October last year, before his ban.
Dettori is now riding as a freelance and has had a busy week of riding so far without any success.
He rode at Windsor on Monday, was at Yarmouth the following day before racing at Kempton on Wednesday. His best performance was a second placed finish on Tuesday.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://bit.ly/12evFlH
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.