Frankie Dettori facing the axe from powerful Gosden stable following Royal Ascot fall-out
Frankie Dettori’s future in doubt as the legendary jockey faces the axe of the mighty Gosden stable after Royal Ascot’s fall… The 51-year-old Italian is groping in the dark after being killed on two horses in Newmarket on Saturday to replace
- Frankie Dettori’s riding at Royal Ascot was criticized by trainer John Gosden
- Gosden was unhappy with Stradivarius’ progress in the Ascot Gold Cup
- Jockey doesn’t ride any of the three Gosden-trained runners in Newmarket
- No comment came from Gosden stable and Dettori is ‘groping in the dark’
The future of Frankie Dettori’s riding career was unclear on Thursday night with growing speculation that his affiliation with the mighty John and Thady Gosden stable at Newmarket is over.
Dettori’s ride at Royal Ascot – especially his beaten performance on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup – was criticized by John Gosden.
Significantly, after a short break in Italy, 51-year-old Dettori has not been booked to ride one of the three Gosden-trained runners at Newmarket on Saturday, despite still having a ride at the meeting.
Frankie Dettori’s riding at Royal Ascot was criticized by top coach John Gosden (left)
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Dettori has won every Group 1 race in the UK except the July Cup
There was no comment from the Gosden stable, but Peter Burrell, Dettori’s agent, said: “Frankie called the (Gosden) office this morning to find out what he can or cannot ride in view of the weights.
“He hasn’t responded and we’ve seen other jockeys riding the horses. We weren’t told otherwise.’
The words suggest a breakdown in communication between some of the most powerful figures in British Flat Racing.
Tensions in the partnership were evident as Dettori endured a scorching Royal Ascot on the Gosden-trained runners, including finding trouble running on Stradivarius, who eventually finished third in his bid for a record-equaling fourth Ascot Gold. Cup to be won.
Tensions in the partnership were apparent when Dettori found a torrid Royal Ascot. endured
Immediately after the race, John Gosden asked Dettori why he had come so far back in the field with Stradivarus and the foal’s owner, Bjorn Nielsen, said ‘You can’t blame the horse’ when asked about his watch the race.
Dettori also finished second on The Queen’s fast-ending second Saga and Reach For The Moon on a scorching Thursday.
The next day after Dettori won the Coronation Stakes on Inspiral – his only success of 22 royal encounter rides – John Gosden was again asked about the Stradivarius ride, saying: ‘Our hero made it too complicated yesterday and I was clear in my definition of that. . I think it’s right to say what you think. It’s over, it’s over, it’s over and we move on.
Gosden was particularly unhappy running Stradivarius in the Ascot Gold Cup
“You can’t keep looking back. You discuss it, you treat it, and you move on. These are horses; they need your full attention and don’t wander around with your lip down. You just get on with it.
“The great thing is that Stradivarius is still in shape and Saga – who should have won – won as far as he’s concerned.”
Dettori’s difficult royal encounter also included initially failing to use the blindfold to push off Lord North when the stalls opened for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, squandering the gelding’s chance with a slow start.
Dettori won the Coronation Stakes on Inspiral – his only success of 22 royal encounter races
Two of Gosden-trained runners in Newmarket – Stowell and Sunray Major – have been on regular Dettori rides but will be ridden by Rab Havlin and James Doyle respectively.
Dettori’s pairing with the Gosden stable has seen him earn some of the biggest wins of his career since returning from a cocaine-related ban in 2013.
They include the 2015 Derby at Gouden Hoorn and two Prix de L’Arc de Triomphes on wonder mare Enable.
In recent seasons, Dettori has severely limited his number of rides, with the majority being provided by the Gosdens.
The 51-year-old has won every Group 1 race in the UK during his career except for the July Cup
Such arrangements work well when things go well, but question marks can be raised when things don’t go so smoothly.
Dettori has other supporters – including Aidan O’Brien – but how strong his appetite would be to carry on without his widest range of big racing opportunities is open to speculation.
If the Gosdens are looking to replace Dettori, David Egan, who already has links with the stable, are on the list of young candidates, Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle, who won the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on Sunday on Gosden-trained Nashwa.
Doyle is held by Nashwa’s owner – with John Gosden speaking in glowing terms about Britain’s most successful female jockey.
Dettori celebrates in signature fashion after winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Enable