Frankie Dettori says his Investec Derby race was over before he started when the English king lost at Epsom
Frankie Dettori says his Investec Derby race was over before it started because the English king didn’t deliver on Epsom
Frankie Dettori believes that losing ground by turning left when leaving the start boxes was the moment when the English king lost his chance in the Investec Derby at Epsom.
The post-mortem continued yesterday on how Emmet McNamara-ridden Serpentine was able to make all the runs to land the five and a half length Classic and secure a record eighth victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Sectional timing supported the visual evidence that McNamara could build an untouchable lead on the 25-1 winner – by poaching valuable lengths in the seventh and eighth furlongs of the one and a half mile race that allowed him to hold on despite being the slowest horse in the race over the last two furlongs.
Frankie Dettori admits he was left for dead on the English king in the Investec Derby in Epsom
The numbers suggest his fellow jockey made a mistake by not chasing him earlier, but Dettori, who finished fifth on the English King, said his race plan was determined by the stalls’ exit.
He said, “Stall one was a big negative. He went to the left at the start and then I immediately stand on the back foot. Once you are in that position, you are in the bosom of the gods.
“I thought I was following the right horse in Mogul and Kameko, but unfortunately they didn’t take me into the race. When we came to Tattenham Corner, we gave Serpentine a big lead and then we catch up.
“I wish things had gone a little differently. I think the winner was good but when released at the front he left us for dead. ‘
Serpentine’s next race could be the St Leger at Doncaster in September, although that could also be the target of O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Santiago via a shot at the Goodwood Cup.
The St. Leger could also be the destination of Andrew Balding’s Khalifa Sat. He will bring Kameko back on a journey with the 1-mile Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and 10-furlong International Stakes at York potential targets.
A great weekend for the O’Brien family got even better when youngest son Donnacha, in his first season as a trainer, won yesterday’s French Oaks in Chantilly with Fancy Blue ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot.
It was a 1-2-3 for Ireland with Jessica Harrington’s Alpine Star second and Aidan O’Brien’s Peaceful third.