Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 04/06/2020

Frankie Dettori’s Sporting Index blog: Never write off Stradivarius

Back racing

It was great to start off with a nice winner at Kempton on Monday.

Having not had racing for so long it’s just a great feeling to be back riding and winning races.

Galsworthy did it really well and should come on for that run too.

Wearing the mask while riding hasn’t been that pleasant, it restricts the airflow a bit, but we just have to get on with it and hopefully it won’t be like this for too long.

As for Hypothetical in the Classic Trial on Tuesday, things didn’t pan out well for us.

He was a bit too keen, we didn’t get a smooth journey and he deserves another chance. He lacked a bit of experience and I’m looking forward to having another go on him.

Friday – Newmarket

The big stuff really kicks off on Friday at Newmarket and I’ve got a nice book of rides.

The track is very unique and well known for ‘the dip’, where for the last couple of furlongs you travel downhill before hitting the rising ground a furlong from home.

Some horses handle it, others don’t and it’s a good test.

If you’re not travelling well it’s easy for a horse to become a bit unbalanced, so you want to try and use your speed coming down the hill and carry that into the final uphill climb.

I kick things off with Final Offer (1:15pm), who looks a nice filly by Dark Angel but we don’t really know where we are with a lot of these unraced two and three-year-olds at this stage.

All I can say is that John’s [Gosden] horses have started the season nicely, so hopefully the likes of Jane Marple (4:45pm) and Ricetta (5:20pm) will put up nice performances first time up too.

Lord Tennyson is a horse I’m really looking forward to getting on in the Listed Paradise Stakes (3:00pm).

It will be the first time I’ve ridden for Godolphin in seven years and I might have a little smirk on my face under my mask.

Obviously I’ve been riding a lot for other members of the family over the years, so maybe it’s not such a big thing, but riding for Godolphin formed a huge part of my career and I will have a smile on my face when I pull on those blue silks again.

As for the horse, he won in good style at Chelmsford on his only start so far and the hope is that he takes a step forward from that into Listed company here.

The big one of the day is Stradivarius in the Coronation Cup (3:35pm).

The Ascot Gold Cup is obviously the target with him, but John was just keen to get a run into him before that race and we’ve never thought he lacked pace.

He’s taking on the likes of Ghaiyyath, Defoe and the Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, but you should never write off Stradivarius – he’s a classy horse who can do more than just stay.

He shows plenty of speed at home and I’m really looking forward to giving it a try.

First and foremost, we want him to have a good race and come out the other end of it well, but he’s certainly got speed and cannot be discounted despite it looking like a high quality field of middle-distance horses.

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