Frankie Dettori taking no chances in bid for Royal Ascot glory after shoulder injury ruled him out two years ago
- The jockey took his tally to 60 winners with four successes last year
- Only Pat Eddery and Lester Piggott have ridden more at royal meeting
- He will have one ride in Sunday’s French Oaks before next week’s meeting
Frankie Dettori is taking no chances to ensure nothing gets in the way of him riding at Royal Ascot next week.
Four winners at last year’s fixture took the 48-year-old Italian to 60 royal meeting successes – only Pat Eddery (73) and Lester Piggott (116) have ridden more – but two years ago injury him out of his favourite meeting of the year.
Dettori’s two beaten rides at Newbury on Thursday will be his only domestic rides this week and his only ride before the Royal Meeting opens in Tuesday will be John Gosden-trained Entitle in Sunday’s French Oaks at Chantilly.
Frankie Dettori is taking no chances to ensure nothing gets in the way of him riding at Ascot
Dettori said: ‘It was two years ago on Wednesday that I broke my shoulder at Yarmouth. I am being careful. The racing is pretty mediocre this week. I am keeping for in the gym. At my age, you have to be careful.’
A two-day suspension, picked up when winning the Oaks on Anapurna, means Dettori cannot ride on Friday or Saturday.
Defending Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius will be one of Dettori’s big rides next week as well as Crystal Ocean in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
While Too Darn Hot in the St James’s Palace Stakes is among a full book of six rides on the opening day which also include US sprinter Imprimis in the King’s Stand Stakes.
After injury meant Too Darn Hot missed the 2,000 Guineas and then was runner-up in both the Dante Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas, Dettori believes the colt owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber can recapture the form which made his Europe’s top two-year-old in 2018.
Dettori said: ‘We had to rush to get him onto a racecourse. I feel he has got more to give and you haven’t seen the real him yet this season. Hopefully at Ascot on Tuesday, you see the old Too Darn Hot.’