Halford signs up Dettori for Casamento's Doncaster tilt
MICHAEL Halford will team up with Frankie Dettori on Saturday after the Italian was booked to partner Casamento in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Halford expressed his delight at having the Italian on board his Beresford Stakes winner, which is owned by Dettori's boss, Sheikh Mohammed, who supplemented the horse for the Group One feature yesterday. "We're happy with him and we've supplemented him," said Halford. "Frankie rides and it's terrific to have him."
Declan McDonogh was in the saddle when Casamento was just pipped by Pathfork in the National Stakes and he partners Dunboyne Express for Kevin Prendergast.
"They (Casamento and Dunboyne Express) are pretty similar. Both are by Shamardal, show great heart and great toughness," McDonogh said. "Both have got great chances.
"Dunboyne Express is a very uncomplicated horse and there's no great mystery about him. Ground doesn't really matter and his pedigree suggests he'll get a mile."
And McDonogh is hopeful Dunboyne Express, which is unbeaten in two starts, will have the measure of Casamento.
"I think I can beat him. I rode him in the National Stakes and he just lost out by a head. He went on and won the Beresford and I was second to him on a horse of Sheikh Hamdan's (Mawaakef)," he said. "But I wouldn't swap my fella."
Casamento was one of three horses supplemented for the race while Dunbyone Express was also among the 11 five-day confirmations. Aidan O'Brien is responsible for the three other Irish possibles: Master Of Hounds, Seville and Treasure Beach.
Ed Dunlop decided to bypass last weekend's Dewhurst Stakes with his unbeaten Solario Stakes winner Native Khan to wait for Doncaster.
Brian Meehan's Titus Mills, the Michael Jarvis-trained Toolain, Zaidan from Clive Brittain's yard, JR Jenkins' Karam Albaari and Michael Dodds' Dubawi Gold complete the Trophy entry.
Racing Post Trophy, latest betting: 7/4 Casamento, 4/1 Dunboyne Express, 9/2 Seville, 5/1 Native Khan, 8/1 Master Of Hounds, 14/1 bar.