Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 03/07/2020

Frankie Dettori’s Sporting Index blog: You couldn’t wish for a better book of rides

What a weekend we’ve got in store. Two Classics at Epsom and then a brilliant Eclipse at Sandown.

I’ve got the favourite in the Derby, second favourite in the Oaks and then Enable in the Eclipse, so you couldn’t wish for a better book of rides than that.

Frankly Darling – The Oaks (3:40pm)

Love is a Classic winner by four lengths and clearly sets the standard. If you win a Guineas by four lengths then you have to be favourite for the Oaks, but she’s never run over further than a mile and my mount, Frankly Darling, has.

We’ll find out on Saturday if Love can be as good over the extra distance but all I’m thinking about is my filly who I’m really pleased with.

Her run in the Ribblesdale got everyone really excited and now we know that she stays the trip well.

It was always the plan to run her at Ascot in order to get another race under her belt before this and she came through that with flying colours.

She’ll have learnt plenty from that and the only question that remains is the track. None of us have raced on, but she’s got a good cruising speed which you need for Epsom so hopefully she handles it.

English King – The Derby (4:55pm)

It will of course be very different this year without the massive Epsom crowds, but it doesn’t stop the Derby being the biggest and most important race of them all.

Epsom is such a unique challenge. The camber, the climb from the start and Tattenham Corner make it a true challenge, and that’s why the Derby winner is renowned as being the best of his generation anywhere in the world.

Whoever is first past the post has overcome all of those challenges and beaten the best three-year-olds around.

It’s always an exciting race, with winners coming from a variety of different positions, but one thing is for sure - the best horse always wins.

I had to wait a while for my first Derby in 2007 with Authorized, and then again in 2015 with Golden Horn. I would absolutely love to win it a third time. It means everything to breeders, trainers, owners, jockeys and racing fans.

I went to see my ride, English King, last Wednesday and loved his character. He’s a very nice horse who is light on his feet and I’m really pleased to have got the ride.

You only have to look back at the Derby Trial to see the ability he has. He won that Lingfield race in great style and you can see why he’s favourite for the race.

Lingfield is as close as you can get to Epsom, so the fact he handled that track and has to be a big positive.

He’s bred to stay and he’s seen out the distance well already, the only thing now is he’s taking on some very good horses, better than anything he’s has faced so far.

Kameko was an impressive winner of the 2000 Guineas and you’d have to say he comes into the race with the highest level of form – he sets the standard.

We can’t be sure if he’ll get the trip but he stayed on strongly to win the Guineas and won over a mile as a two-year-old.

Ballydoyle are running six horses and their record in the race speaks for itself.

The staying power they have from Galileo always tends to serve them well and Aidan [O’Brien] is sure to have something that’s capable of going close.

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