Frankie Dettori is relishing finally getting the all-clear to race ride again and will come back with two mounts at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course tomorrow (Thursday) – the first day of the three-day Moët and Chandon July Festival.
Exactly a month after suffering an arm injury when unseated from the unraced two-year-old, Tivoli, in the paddock prior to a race at Yarmouth on 13th June, the 46-year will return by taking part in the day’s two most prestigious races.
He will first partner the two-year-old, Denaar, unbeaten in two starts prior to a lacklustre effort in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, in the 12-runner Group 2 £80,000 Arqana July Stakes.
His other mount will be Wings Of Desire, who will be sporting sheepskin cheekpieces for the first time when he faces six rivals in the Group 2 £100,000 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes.
Frankie Dettori said:
“I am very excited to be coming back in time for the Moët and Chandon July Festival – it’s been a long time, I’ve been out for a whole month. Newmarket is my home town and the July Festival is one of the highlights of my whole year.”
“I could have had five or six rides on Thursday but I thought it was sensible to ease myself back into things with just a couple.”
“My first ride is on Denaar. I was aboard when he won his first two races, then I think he let the Royal Ascot atmosphere get to him in the Coventry Stakes.”
“The other one is Wings Of Desire, who I finished fourth on in last year’s Epsom Derby. He’s so laid back that we have decided to try him in sheepskin cheekpieces, they might just help him concentrate.”