Frankie Dettori gets 'jocked off' Treve for Arc trial
FRANKIE Dettori has lost the ride on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve and will be replaced by Thierry Jarnet in Sunday’s Prix Vermeille at the request of trainer Criquette Head-Maarek.
Jarnet partnered Treve to her first three victories last season, completing the hat-trick with a brilliant display in the French Oaks, following which she was snapped up by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing operation.
After being announced as Sheikh Joaan’s retained jockey, Dettori took over in the saddle when Treve landed last year’s Prix Vermeille, but after being forced out of the Arc through injury, Jarnet steered her to a memorable victory in October’s Longchamp showpiece.
The Italian has been back on board this year, with Treve suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of Cirrus Des Aigles on her return to action in the Prix Ganay before returning with pulled muscles after finishing third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Speaking from Keeneland in America, Head-Maarek said: “It was my decision, nobody else’s. I think it is the best decision for the filly and when I told Frankie he was very good about it and understood my point of view.”
Dettori is set to be in action this afternoon in France, partnering Al Shaqab’s five million guineas purchase Al Naamah in the Prix d’Aumale at Chantilly for Andre Fabre.
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