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Frankie Dettori talks Stradivarius and day one of Glorious Goodwood

| 29.07.2019

I am really looking forward to the Qatar Goodwood Festival, it is like a second Royal Ascot.

I start the week on Visinari in the Vintage Stakes (2.25). He’s a nice horse and 7f will suit him. It looks a strong renewal and the Godolphin horse, Pinatubo, looks quite strong.

I ride Hay Gaman in the Lennox Stakes (3:00). He is a very consistent horse. He was very unlucky last time, losing his shoe at the start.

He got beaten by a good horse that day of course but he is a very honest and genuine horse who doesn’t know how to run a bad race.

My big ride of the week is Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup Stakes (3.35); he is the people’s favourite. You always know what you’re going to get from him and that is a good fight.

They have all turned up so it is going to be a tough race. It won’t be a walkover for us but he won’t go down without a fight. I think the biggest threat is the Godolphin horse; Cross Counter.

Of course, I feel nervous but I am still recovering from Enable. I love that people are still talking about her by the way. It was just an amazing experience.

Regarding Stradivarius though, it’s only human to feel these nerves, I’m normal. I am feeling very confident at the moment though.

After that, I ride Cobra Eye in the European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes (4.10). He finished second first time up but I have to look at his form in depth.

Roger Charlton booked me a while ago to ride Savaanah in the Fillies’ Handicap (5.15). She is from Prince Faisal, the owner of Coronet. The fact he booked me a while ago says that she must have a good chance.




Frankie Dettori

One of the most decorated jockeys in history, Frankie is as big a name as they come in racing. Now a Ladbrokes ambassador, the reigning World's Best Jockey will be giving his views exclusively to Ladbrokes News.