Friday 24 November 2017

Dettori set to clock up air miles on return from shoulder injury

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

Thomas Kelly

Frankie Dettori will make his eagerly-awaited return to the saddle with two rides on the opening day of the July meeting at Newmarket tomorrow.

The ever-popular Italian, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, will partner the Richard Hannon-trained Denaar for his retained owner Al Shaqab Racing in the Arqana July Stakes.

He will also be in action on the other Group Two heat on the card, the Princess of Wales' Arqana Stakes, when he teams up with Lady Bamford's Wings Of Desire for John Gosden.

Dettori had been expected to be aboard the Gosden-trained Crowned Eagle in the opening Bahrain Trophy but Andrea Atzeni takes the ride.

The veteran rider will then go on his travels in search of Group One victories for the Gosden stable.

He is pencilled in for Weekender in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on Friday evening and will then to be reunited with Enable in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday. "He rides Weekender at Saint-Cloud on Friday and the filly in the Irish Oaks on Saturday at the Curragh," added Cochrane.

Dettori took a nasty fall from an intended mount in the parade ring at Yarmouth the week before Royal Ascot. He felt fit enough to partner Shutter Speed in the French Oaks two days before the big meeting, but had to cry off when the injury was found to be worse than originally thought following further investigation.

The Godolphin duo of Frontiersman and Hawkbill head a field of seven declared for the Racing Club Stakes. The Charlie Appleby-trained pair were second and third respectively in last month's Coronation Cup won by Highland Reel at Epsom.

Gosden goes one better with three runners - Muntahaa, Western Hymn and Wings Of Desire - while David Simcock's Algometer and Poet's Word from Michael Stoute's stable complete the septet.

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The three horses withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage were Eclipse third Desert Encounter, Aidan O'Brien's Johannes Vermeer and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Tamleek, which is set to run in the Bahrain Trophy on the same card.

Wisconsin will attempt to give Aidan O'Brien back-to-back victories in the Bahrain Trophy. The Ballydoyle handler won the contest 12 months ago with Housesofparliament and his son of Deep Impact is among the nine entries for this year's renewal.

At Pontefract yesterday, David O'Meara's Lincoln Rocks (14/1) bounced back from defeat in a Haydock handicap four days earlier to take Listed honours in the Pipalong Stakes.

Irish Independent

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