Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 23/07/2021
Frankie Dettori's Sporting Index blog: We want a good gallop in the King George
Ascot - Friday
It's great to have Indigo Girl back on the track after a fairly long break and the Group 3 Valiant Stakes (3:00pm) looks a nice place to start rebuilding her season from. We'll be taking things step-by-step and it's just nice to have her back running again.
She looked good last season and felt like a very nice filly when I won the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on her. Rab [Havlin] was then on her in the Fillies' Mile where she was second, so on the strength of that form she was to be respected.
Kestenna is also in the race for John & Thady [Gosden] and shouldn't be discounted. I rode her at Sandown in a good Listed race last time where she finished third and wouldn't be without a chance.
The ground is key for Grand Bazaar in the 1m4f handicap (3:35pm). He likes fast ground and wouldn't want any of the thunderstorms to hit Ascot. He's a very honest horse who will hopefully run a big race if he gets his conditions.
Ascot - Saturday
The King George (3:35pm) looks like being a thriller. I was very impressed with Lone Eagle in the Irish Derby. Hurricane Lane has franked the form since so I think we have solid claims, but it's obviously a very strong field.
There are only six runners but there's an amazing amount of quality in there. The opposition are all Group 1 winners so it's not going to be easy, but we get a nice weight allowance and I'm looking forward to it.
It's not just Love. You've got the Derby winner in there and the likes of Broome, Wonderful Tonight and Mishriff as well. I know Mishriff well and I thought he ran like a horse that would benefit for the run in the Eclipse. I think he could well improve on that effort, and he should be absolutely fine back over this trip.
On paper, you would say there will be a decent tempo to the race. Every horse in the field wants a good gallop, and that includes me.
Angel Bleu is owned by a friend of mine, Marc Chan, and it looks like Ralph [Beckett] has found a good spot for him in the Pat Eddery Stakes (1:15pm).
I've been meaning to ride this horse since the spring, but things haven't quite panned out that way so I'm looking forward to finally getting on him.
Stradivarius on course for Goodwood
I'm already looking forward to Goodwood. I rode Strad on Wednesday morning and he felt like his usual self.
All the signs are telling us that he's good to go, so it's full steam ahead to Tuesday and the Goodwood Cup. More to follow next week.
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