Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 26/08/2020

Frankie Dettori’s Sporting Index blog: Love deserves to top Arc betting

It was a big decision to go to France, but it definitely paid off!

I thought that if I could have one winner on that first weekend it would have been worth it, so to have both Mishriff and Palace Pier go in was brilliant.

It also felt amazing to ride in front of some crowds again. They’re very strict on the usage of masks in France and it seems to be working, so fingers crossed it won’t be too long before we have a crowd back in the UK too.

Looking back on Mishriff, he’s a rock solid performer who clearly goes well in soft ground and is unbeaten in three starts over a mile and a quarter – that seems to be his ideal conditions at the moment.

He’s done nothing wrong, beaten good horses and could still have another big win in him this season.

Palace Pier continues to deceive us. He’s so laid back at home that you’re never sure what he’s going to do on the track, but when he gets to the races he’s a different horse!

Though he’d never run on soft ground, John [Gosden] had reason to believe a bit of cut would suit given his action and he got it right again.

He’s one of the best milers around and it’s a shame that the fans won’t get to see him take on Mohaather.

It’s sad when you get news of a top horse like him being retired early on through injury, so my thoughts are with his connections.

It’s still a very hot division, with the likes of Siskin, Circus Maximus and Kameko, and the QEII on Champions Day, which looks like Palace Pier’s most obvious target, will hopefully be a cracking race.

After that I got the advice from the authorities that I could then race in France again last weekend and not miss the ride on Enable so it looked worth staying.

I wouldn’t have missed the ride on Enable for anything, no chance. She’s so special and it doesn’t matter if it’s the Arc or the warmup race at Kempton, I’m not missing the ride.

The rules for elite athletes determined I could ride Campanelle, then quarantine on my return and get back to riding the week after.

I was concerned about the ground but Wesley [Ward] said he’d galloped her at Keeneland on soft ground and he was right, she went well on it.

The one thing I was quite taken by was how much she’d grown since Ascot – probably by about five inches or more.

She’s a big, strong filly and anything is possible for her looking forward. The obvious route looks to be the Cheveley Park and then the Breeders’ Cup but I’ll leave that all up to Wesley.

I have to take my hat off to Wesley to be honest. Flying a horse over to France from America and having her perform like that is a very hard thing to do and he deserves all the credit.

Whilst in France I managed to watch most of York on my iPad and there’s no doubt we saw some amazing performances.

Nobody can be surprised what Ghaiyyath did in the Juddmonte and what Love did in the Yorkshire Oaks, they are the superstars and they delivered.

Love has now won the Guineas by four lengths, the Oaks by nine and the Yorkshire Oaks by five, she’s a three-year-old who gets all the allowances and overall you’d have to say she’s now entitled to her place at the top of the betting for the Arc.

It will be an amazing contest and it’s without a doubt the best race that we’ve got in Europe, and to win it you’ve got to be the very best.

As for Enable, I can’t wait to see her again next week. At the moment I’ve got to stay at my house until next Monday, and I’m lucky that I’ve got a gym here so I can work out and stay fit, but after that I’ll be straight into riding out.

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