Frankie’s on fire! Now Dettori has the Dante in his sights
Frankie Dettori has got this year’s Dante Stakes firmly in his sights following a stunning 34-1 treble on the opening day of the York festival.
The Ladbrokes racing ambassador stole the show onboard Duke of York winner Magical Memory, Musidora heroine So Mi Dar and handicap victor Castle Harbour, with his quickfire blitz producing a number of compelling storylines.
However, there’s little time for Frankie or racing fans to dwell on Wednesday’s performances and catch their breath.
The meeting’s feature race is next on the agenda and in Wings of Desire our man will be all too aware that the best could yet be to come.
Frankie’s sole winner in the renewal was Authorized in 2007, a horse whose significance in the Italian jockey’s career should hardly need underlining.
But just to make the point, the son of Montjeu was subsequently Dettori’s first Derby winner and connections will be hoping Wings of Desire can follow in the same hoof prints.
This year’s Epsom Classic is crying out for one charge to make a real statement ahead of the 1m4f showpiece in Surrey.
Can Frankie’s runner be the one to really lay down a marker?
Wings of Desire bidding to take flight
He may be a tad inexperienced compared to some of his rivals but no-one is writing off the chances of Wings of Desire in this year’s Dante.
While much of the focus has been on Derby favourite Midterm, John Gosden’s three-year-old has been flying under the radar.
However, the classy brother of Eagle Top is, in the word’s of his trainer, “bred for the job”, and it’ll be fascinating to see whether the recent Wolverhampton winner can ruffle a few feathers.
Frankie hoping for a smooth Journey in the Middleton
Wings of Desire may be perceived to be an underdog in some quarters but the same can’t be said about Middleton fancy, Journey.
She needed five attempts to get off the mark but since then a period of rapid improvement has seen this talented filly emerge as a real Group race contender.
She was a runner-up to St Leger winner Simple Verse on her last outing and with that form the best on offer it’s easy to see why many fancy Frankie to secure a third renewal win.
Elsewhere on the card, Frankie will be riding Shamshon (14:10) and Exist (16:15).
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