Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 05/06/2020

Frankie Dettori’s Sporting Index blog: Looking Ahead To Newmarket This Weekend...

Newmarket – Saturday

I’ve got a good book of rides on Saturday, including in the 2000 Guineas, and I kick things off with Terrebellum in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes (2:25pm).

She’s a very nice filly with some strong form in France last season and she seems to have done very well from three to four so we’re hoping for a good run.

It’s a strong race, with the likes of Queen Power and Magic Lily in there, but it looks a very nice starting point and we think she’s going to be a nice filly for the season ahead.

I’m then really looking forward to getting on Waldkonig (3:00pm) – he looks like one of my best rides of the whole weekend.

I’ve ridden him a couple of times at home and he feels like a nice horse.

He won by nine lengths at Wolverhampton in December and you couldn’t help but be impressed.

That looked a good enough maiden and is a half-brother to Arc winner, Waldgeist, so there’s plenty to like about him.

It looks a decent race with plenty of nice types in there but I think he’s one of my best chances of a winner.

In the 2000 Guineas (3:35pm) I’m delighted to be riding Wichita for Aidan O’Brien.

It became clear that John [Gosden] wasn’t going to have anything in the race, so I called up Aidan a little while ago and said I’d be available.

Knowing that none of the Irish jockeys could come over to ride, Aidan told me I could ride whatever Ryan [Moore] doesn’t.

Ryan has gone for Arizona but Aidan has said that both are in good form, they haven’t been working together, and one thing for sure with Aidan is that all of his horses are going to be fit and ready to go for the Guineas.

He’s won the race 10 times so you’ve got to think anything he saddles has a chance.

On all known form the one we’ve all got to beat is Pinatubo.

He’s beaten a good number of the field and I think he’s a worthy favourite, though six months is a long time in racing.

Newmarket – Sunday

I kick things off on Sunday with First In Line in the Listed Buckhound Stakes (1:50pm).

I’m hoping that the ground doesn’t dry out too much for him, so I was pleased to see a few showers in the forecast.

He’s a very consistent horse and always seems to run his race, but as a result he’s now quite high in the handicap so he’s having a go at Listed level.

I’ve got Tiempo Vuela in the Pretty Polly Stakes (3:00pm) who looks to be a nice filly that holds an entry for the Oaks at Epsom.

She’s well-bred and has been working well at home, like a lot of John’s [Gosden] horses.

Hopefully she can run well first time up like Frankly Darling did earlier in the week at Newcastle.

At the moment the chance of going to the Oaks is still alive and we hope that’s still the case after this.

I thought I was going to be on Raffle Prize for Mark Johnston in the 1000 Guineas, but I’m now on Shimmering for John as she got into the race despite her lowly rating.

She needs to find plenty on ratings, but her work at home has been really pleasing so John and Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to roll the dice.

Many people will question why she’s in the race given her rating of just 80 when most of the fillies are 100+, but she’s been doing very well at home so why not give it a try?

Quadrilateral sets the standard, but I think the 1000 Guineas is a more open race than the 2000 and there’s plenty in with chances.

Across the whole weekend, I’m really looking forward to riding all of the three-year-olds, particularly Waldkonig on the Saturday.

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