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Saturday 25 January 2020

Fractured ankle ends Dettori's season

Frankie Dettori has been ruled out for the season after he fractured his right ankle at Nottingham yesterday, the jockey's business manager Peter Burrell has revealed.

The Italian jockey was unshipped from Eland Ally prior to the Handicap and was stood down for the rest of the day.

Although an initial on-course prognosis suggested he had suffered only soft-tissue damage, X-rays subsequently revealed a break. Dettori was due to partner leading Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fancy Treve at Longchamp on Sunday.

"It's bad news," Burrell said. "He went to Cambridge Hospital and X-rays found that he had suffered a fractured ankle. He was extremely disappointed on the phone and did not want to discuss it much more than that. It's an extremely painful injury. Sunday is out – as is the season."

Dettori has won the Arc three times, aboard Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002), and, in Treve, he had an excellent prospect of making it a fourth winner.

Treve is a 4/1 shot for the Arc at Longchamp with some bookmakers. It will bring an end to the Italian's run of riding in the feature for 26 consecutive years.

In other Arc news, Gerald Mosse was being linked late yesterday with Leading Light, the St Leger winner from Ballydoyle, which might have just Ruler Of The World and Ryan Moore for company from the Aidan O'Brien team in the Arc field.

The trainer is expected to clarify plans after talking with connections overnight.

There will be a late addition to the horses entering quarantine for the Melbourne Cup at the weekend.

Voleuse de Coeurs, the brilliant winner of the Irish St Leger for Dermot Weld, has been snapped up for a group of Australian owners, who will send the filly to Mike Moroney.

The deal was struck by Paul Moroney, the trainer's brother.

Voleuse De Coeurs, formerly owned by Lady O'Reilly, is a noted soft-ground horse, so her new owners will be hoping for a change in the weather during the Melbourne spring, which looms large.

Richard Kingscote has passed up the opportunity to ride at Flemington on Saturday in the final preparation for his ride on Michael Owen's Brown Panther in the cup on November 5. Kingscote had been offered a ride by local trainer Robert Smerdon.

Prominent owner Lloyd Williams has warned that Sea Moon, which he bought out of the Michael Stoute stable, may not be ready for the Australian showcase.

"He might need more time to acclimatise," said Williams, the leading Australian buyer of European stayers in recent years.

"It was much the same story with Green Moon, which was a bit slow to come to hand in his first season, but then won the cup in his second year."

Sea Moon is set to run in the Bart Cummings Stakes, which will act as a stepping stone to the cup for many local aspirants.

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