Frankie Dettori: Racing Insights 29/07/2021

Frankie Dettori: Can’t write off Guineas winner Josephine

Having the crowds back at Goodwood this week has been an absolute pleasure and made a real difference, particularly at a big meeting like this it really does add something extra. I tend to thrive off the atmosphere and when you’re lucky enough to ride a winner in front of a good few thousand people it does make it a much better feeling.

As for the ground at Goodwood, it’s pretty hard to know what we’re going to get as the forecasts have been so unsettled. Throughout the week we’ve had both thunderstorms and bright sunshine, but the fierce winds across the Downs and the sunshine that’s expected should see the ground dry out a little bit so I can’t see it being any worse than soft today.

I’ve got a couple of nice rides for Ballydoyle and its always nice to pick up rides for Aidan [O’Brien], whether that be on the second or third string it doesn’t really matter as he has so much class in his yard that whatever you’re on you know you’ll always have a chance. Sir Lucan in the 1m4f Gordon Stakes (3:00pm) is my first chance of the day.

He admittedly finished down the field in the Sandown Classic Trial earlier in the season, but with the likes of Lone Eagle, Adayar, and Alenquer coming out of that race the form has worked out well. Last time out he was seen winning over 1m5f at Navan and that run came on testing ground so you’d be confident he has what it takes to run well in this sort of race.

He’s a nice type being very well bred, has some good form in the book, and comes from a top stable, so putting all that together you’d be hopeful he can run a nice race.

I partner with Empress Josephine in the feature, the 1m2f Nassau Stakes (3:35pm).

It’s a small but select looking field and we’re realistic that she comes here as an outsider, but one things for sure and that’s you can never write off a Guineas winner.

Her form on soft ground looks very hopeful and with only the five runs under her belt I’m hoping that she still has a little but more to offer.

When she ran in the Coronation Stakes she looked a bit keen in the early parts of the race so fingers crossed she can run a better race here.

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