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Frankie Dettori takes more time off in effort to be fully fit for Goodwood

Monday 17 July 2017

Frankie Dettori

By Andy Stephens

Frankie Dettori will sit out the rest of this week as he continues his recovery from a broken shoulder.

The rider was hurt in a paddock incident at Yarmouth on June 13 and had to admit defeat in his race to be fit for Royal Ascot on the morning of the first day.

Amazingly, he had ridden Shutter Speed in the French Oaks just two days earlier - saying at the Qatar Goodwood Festival Press launch on Monday that he effectively did so with one arm.

The 46-year-old missed what would have been five winning rides at the royal meeting, including Lady Aurelia in the King's Stand Stakes and Big Orange in the Gold Cup.

He returned to the saddle with two mounts at Newmarket last Thursday and was in the headlines on Saturday when steering Enable to the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy in 2010.

Dettori also rode in France on Sunday, but said: "I'm feeling good mentally, but I feel a bit stiff and tired today as I rode three races back-to-back yesterday. My arms are a little bit tired.

"I will be taking the rest of the week off riding in races, but I will be riding out and carrying on my strengthening and physio.

"The reason is I want to be riding at (Glorious) Goodwood in every race. I can do three races at the moment and it is slowly improving every day. I did come back a little prematurely. Enable was a big carrot dangling and was my incentive.

Dettori is interviewed by Oli Bell at the Qatar Goodwood Festival Press launch on Monday

"I had to grit my teeth and go through the pain barrier, but we got the job done."

Dettori took a holiday during his time on the sidelines but has been doing everything in his power to get back to full fitness

“I've been doing endless lengths of swimming," he told Racinguk.com. "I’ve got an ice machine at home that they use for horses and I've been putting that on my shoulder, stretching, physio, riding two lots every morning, the whole lot.

"I spend most of my day just getting fit. Massages, gym, it’s a bit boring, I’ll be honest with you. Boring and painful, but it’s gotta be done.”

He is relishing the ride on Big Orange as the Gold Cup winner seeks a third successive Goodwood Cup triumph. 

"I thought that Order Of St George had plenty of time to get past Big Orange at Royal Ascot, but Big Orange stuck his neck out and wanted it more," he said. "Big Orange has become a very popular horse - he has a catchy name, has been around a while and wears his heart on his sleeve.
 
"The key to Big Orange is that he has already won the Qatar Goodwood Cup twice and you usually get the good to firm ground he loves at Glorious Goodwood. I am not saying he is shoo-in, he will go down fighting but he has a leading chance.

Dettori admits he is facing a "difficult" decision when it comes to his mount in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on August 3.

With John Gosden able to call on both Musidora Stakes winner Shutter Speed and returning Group One-placed filly So Mi Dar, the ever-popular Italian will have a tough choice to make.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned Shutter Speed was last seen finishing a close fourth in the Prix de Diane, while So Mi Dar is on the comeback trail having not run since her third to Speedy Boarding in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly in October.

Dettori said: "It's a very tough choice for me to make, with So Mi Dar in the picture as well. I've not ridden either of them for a while and I'll be putting my legs across them next week.

"It's a very hard choice, as both at their best are potentially top-drawer. It's a nice problem, but also a very difficult one as well.

"So Mi Dar is a wonderful mare, she's had a troubled spring but is in full work now and it's all systems go."

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