Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 09/09/2021

Frankie Dettori’s Sporting Index blog: Stradivarius full of himself again

I’m looking forward to my four rides on Thursday and then Strad on Friday, I never get tired of riding him!

The St Leger Festival is a brilliant meeting and hopefully I’ll be back to update you with a ride in the big one later this week.

Claim The Stars 2:10, Thu

I kick off the day with a good chance for the Johnston team.

I don’t know much about the horse as I’ve not ridden him before, but he’s got a decent profile.

He’s got a good bit of experience with four runs under his belt which should help and was only very narrowly beaten last time out, so fingers crossed he goes well again.

Inspiral 2:40, Thu

On ratings, we look like the ones to beat in the May Hill Stakes, but you can never be too confident at this early stage of their careers.

My filly is two from two and looks to have plenty of scope for further improvement, particularly stepping up to a mile.

We’re confident she’ll see it out well as Sandown’s stiff seven is almost as stamina-testing as the mile at Doncaster.

She’s still a work in progress and we’ve got to take it one race at a time, but so far so good and hopefully she shows us even more.

Free Wind 3:15, Thu

She won a nice Group 3 in France last time out and feels like she’s improving all the time.

Though she’s not an overly big filly, I don’t think the step up in trip will be a problem as she’s got a very big heart.

She’s a daughter of Galileo that gives it everything.

Harrovian 4:15, Thu

This looks a very trappy race and one that might become very tactical from a jockey’s point of view, though last year there was only two of us when Logician won it!

He’s a course and distance winner that has been lightly-campaigned this season so we’re hopeful of a big run.

Stradivarius 2:40, Fri

I get excited every time I ride him.

York was a real battle against Spanish Mission, but I think he enjoyed it. I rode him in work on Saturday and he seemed absolutely full of himself again.

He’s a clever horse that sometimes decides to win by not too far. Apart from last year’s Gold Cup he’s rarely won another race by much more than a length the whole of his life. He does what he needs to do.

There’s a bit of rain forecast, but not a lot so fingers crossed it will all set up nicely for him. As long as we don’t get a big deluge, we should be good to go.

Everyone will hopefully be cheering him on. I don’t want to sound biased, but I think most of the people at Doncaster on Friday are there to see him.
He’s been great for racing, and he’s loved by everyone, which means it’s always a pressure ride as you don’t want to let anyone down.

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