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Frankie on a Mezyaad mission

Julian Muscat

Published 16/04/2011 | 05:00

A close look at riding arrangements is often informative and it's interesting to note that Frankie Dettori forsakes Newbury today for two rides at Leicester.

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The first of them, Spirit Of Sharjah, is a spare but the second, Mezyaad in the Maiden Stakes (4.25), is very much of interest. Mezyaad is owned by a member of the Maktoum family, for whom Dettori is retained to ride.

Despite an absence of runners from Saeed Bin Suroor's stable, the Italian could have secured a near-full book of rides at Newbury -- where the real action is.

The inference is that Mezyaad has ability, and that Dettori is "test-driving" the colt ahead of a possible transfer into the Godolphin string of Sheikh Mohammed. He is worth supporting on those grounds alone.

Irish Independent

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