Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 04/09/2020
Frankie Dettori: ‘Big Girl’ Enable working well ahead of Kempton
Strad and Enable in good form
The week of isolation flew by!
I have to say a big thanks to Jerry Hill, the BHA’s Chief Medical Advisor, who sorted my swabs out as quickly as possible.
After the results came back I was straight over to see Enable and ride Stradivarius, though I did have to do a bit of ‘back to school’ shopping with the wife and kids first.
I then rode both of them in work on Wednesday and they were in good form.
Stradivarius is made of steel. He started his campaign in the Coronation Cup back in June, has won an Ascot Gold Cup and a Goodwood Cup since, and still seems full of himself ahead of a trip to France to warm up for the Arc.
The Prix Foy should give him a good feel for Longchamp and set him up nicely for that race.
I’ll have to quarantine again after that, which means I’ll miss a good meeting at Newbury as well as the Ayr Gold Cup, but nothing that I’m not willing to sacrifice.
The only real sacrifice I may have to make is missing the Dewhurst after the Arc, but something has to give!
As for the ‘Big Girl’, Enable, she did a nice piece of work by herself and we’re all set for the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.
She’s obviously well clear of the field on ratings and I’ll use my instinct on the day as to how much I have to push her.
She felt very straightforward on the gallops and this should be a nice stepping stone to the Arc.
The timing is good, it’s worked before and fingers crossed the dream is still alive after the weekend.
The sad thing is that nobody is going to be there to give her the reception she deserves on her final race in the UK, but I suppose they’ll all be tuning in on the telly.
Available for Aidan’s St Leger ride
Before going over to France again it’s the St Leger meeting at Doncaster.
I’ve text Aidan [O’Brien] to let him know I’m available but nothing has been decided yet.
There are no concrete plans in place to ride Santiago, as I don’t even know which ones are going to run yet.
He might run the Derby winner, Serpentine, who knows.
The Galileo influence has left him with some of the best middle-distance horses in the world and it’s brilliant to be able to pick up some of those rides at the moment.
On a side note, I got a call from Dale Gibson about riding in the Leger Legends race which was a bit of a surprise because I’m not retired!
But this year it’s open to current professional riders due to Covid-19 restrictions and I suppose I’m one of the oldest.
Anyway, it’s all for charity and it will be a good bit of fun.
Milestones and headlines for Atzeni, Crowley and Doyle
I was delighted to see my good friend Andrea [Atzeni] get his 1000th winner on Thursday and Jim [Crowley] his 2000th over the weekend, while Hollie Doyle’s five-timer making the evening news was great for racing.
All three of them are quite a few years younger than me and they’ve all got plenty going for them! Long may their great seasons continue.
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