Friday 19 January 2018

Dettori reeling after Godolphin Oaks snub

Frankie Dettori. Photo: Getty Images
Frankie Dettori. Photo: Getty Images

JA McGrath

Frankie Dettori has been left out in the cold for the two big Classics at Epsom, losing out on a ride in the Oaks to French understudy Mickael Barzalona.

The Italian has been passed over for the mount on Godolphin's unbeaten filly Kailani.

When Barzalona and Silvestre de Sousa were appointed stable jockeys to Godolphin, it was stressed that Dettori would remain No 1 for Sheikh Mohammed's global stable. But bookings for Epsom are making a nonsense of that claim.

Barzalona (20) won last year's Derby on the Andre Fabre-trained Pour Moi, and has since landed the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin aboard Monterosso. His star is conspicuously in the ascendancy and this engagement is certain to increase tensions internally.

Kailani has won two races, a maiden at Yarmouth in which she was partnered by Dettori and the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket, which she won by seven lengths in the hands of Barzalona. Dettori partnered Godolphin's Lacily into third in the same race.

Much can be detected from jockey bookings, and the impression left is that trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni prefers the younger Barzalona.

This has compromised Dettori, who remains a world-class jockey with wide experience to call upon. He will now not have a ride in either the Oaks or the Derby as Godolphin do not have an entry in the Derby, for which 12 were confirmed yesterday.

Aidan O'Brien's Camelot so dominates the Derby that some bookies now offer odds that would qualify him as the hottest favourite since Tudor Minstrel was beaten at 4/7 in 1947.

Only 11 other colts were left in the race yesterday, four of them from Ballydoyle (the others being Astrology, Father Of Science, Imperial Monarch and Tower Rock) and Camelot is as low as 8/13 to claim his second Classic.

Meanwhile, Louth-born trainer Alan McCabe recorded the biggest success of his career yesterday when his Caspar Netscher landed the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne.

McCabe's three-year-old failed to make an impact behind the Derby favourite in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but was the 3/1 favourite to atone in this less competitive field.

Shane Kelly was happy to bide his time on the colt until the home turn and his mount picked up Amarillo to secure a decisive success. Red Duke finished well under Jamie Spencer to take third after John Quinn's inmate suffered one or two traffic problems.

Connections of Black Caviar, which has achieved parallel stature in Australia, have now finally extinguished the faint hope that she might meet Frankel in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood this summer.

The sponsors had offered to increase prize money for the mile race to £1m, from £300,000, but the Black Caviar team opted not to take on Frankel on home turf over a new trip.

Back at Epsom on Saturday, there is a Derby-like touch to the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup, with O'Brien accounting for four of only nine acceptors. At least Godolphin have a possible runner here in Monterosso, the Dubai World Cup winner.

Ed Dunlop's Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is among the entries along with the William Haggas-trained Beaten Up and John Gosden's St Leger hero Masked Marvel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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