Frankie Dettori handed tough draw for his five rides in $28m Breeders' Cup

Frankie Dettori handed tough draw for his five rides in $28m Breeders’ Cup with No 1 hope A’Ali starting from stall 10 in Juvenile Turf Sprint

  • Frankie Dettori has five mounts at meeting but the draw has not been favourable 
  • He will have no margin for error when riding the Simon Crisford-trained A’Ali 
  • Dettori is the most successful European-based jockey in Breeders’ Cup history 

Frankie Dettori has picked up five rides at this week’s $28million (£21m) Breeders’ Cup meeting but the draw has not been favourable to his mounts.

Dettori’s No 1 hope, Simon Crisford-trained A’Ali in the opening Juvenile Turf Sprint, must start from stall 10 in 12 strong line-up in a five furlong dash around a bend which will be alien to all the European runners.

But the winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot will have no margin for error in an adrenaline rush of a race from his wide draw.

Frankie Dettori has picked up five rides at the $28m Breeders’ Cup but the draw is tough

Dettori, the most successful European-based jockey in Breeders’ Cup history with 14 wins, rides Aidan O’Brien-trained Etoile in the Juvenile Filly Turf but she must start widest of all in stall 14 and Dettori also has the car park draw in the Filly & Mare Turf with his John Gosden-trained Fanny Logan in stall 12.

It got no better for Dettori in the Mile with his mount James Tate-trained Hey Gaman in stall 13.

Dettori’s final mount is Joe Orseno-trained Imprimis in the Turf Sprint. Dettori has ridden the five-year old gelding before when he finished sixth to Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Imprimis starts in stall 3 in a race in which neither So Perfect nor Fairyland was declared to represent Aidan O’Brien.

The Ballydoyle trainer, who has also pulled Magical out of the meeting, also did not enjoy the best of luck with Monday night’s draw but will be pleased with the stall 5 berth for Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck in the Turf.

O’Brien’s Mount Everest (4) and Charlie Appleby’s Old Persian also run in the Turf.

There are six Europeans in the Mile with O’Brien’s Circus Maximus in stall 9. Better drawn is Richard Fahey’s Space Traveller (Danny Tudhope) in stall three. b

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