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Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori: has ten Breeders' Cup wins to his name

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Dettori lands two top rides at Santa Anita

FRANKIE DETTORI will partner two US-trained favourites at next week's Breeders' Cup meeting and has also picked up a mount in the Classic as the world's most famous jockey seeks to consolidate his record as Europe's most successful rider at the event.

Dettori's only confirmed mount at Santa Anita from Europe is Al Shaqab Racing's Osaila in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf, but he is also now set to partner Royal Ascot winners Hootenanny (Juvenile Turf) and No Nay Never (Turf Sprint), as well as outsider Imperative in the $5 million Classic.

Dettori's agent Ray Cochrane said: "Frankie is going over on Tuesday. He has two rides at Santa Anita on Wednesday, four rides on Thursday, and then both days of the Breeders' Cup. He is staying on another week as he has a good ride the following weekend.

"He is going to be pretty busy for the next fortnight. Imperative has a chance of making the frame but Hootenanny and No Nay Never are a couple of real cracking rides."

Hootenanny won the Windsor Castle in the summer and finished only half a length behind The Wow Signal in the Prix Morny, the Group 1 race landed last year by No Nay Never, who returned from a seven-month layoff to win a Grade 3 at Keeneland this month.

Both are owned by the Coolmore partners and trained by Wesley Ward, for whom Dettori rode at Saratoga in August.

Dettori is seventh in the all-time list of Cup-winning riders, with ten wins and more than $18 million in prize-money. He has had six rides in the Classic, winning the race at Santa Anita in 2008 on Raven's Pass.

His Classic mount this time, Imperative, won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic in April and has finished fifth and third under Kent Desormeaux behind Classic favourite Shared Belief on his last two starts.

Desormeaux has been sidelined since last month after suffering a collapsed lung and fracturing ribs when he was kicked by a horse in the parade ring.

Imperative's trainer George Papaprodromou told the Racing Post: "I would like a little change. Kent Desormeaux got hurt and the owners didn't want to wait until the last minute in a race like this, so I thought Frankie would be a good choice. He has a good chance. He made an early move last time and had nothing left at the end."

James Doyle, whose participation in the Breeders' Cup appeared over when he received a whip ban after the Champion Stakes, will be able to partner Commemorative in the Juvenile Turf as the race is a week today - the day before the suspension starts.

Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe explained: "He is not banned on the Friday. It was originally thought he would miss the Breeders' Cup because there was some confusion at Ascot initially as to which day the race was."

Grimthorpe added: "Maxime Guyon will ride Flintshire in the Turf on the Saturday."

With Jamie Spencer sticking with Just The Judge in the Filly & Mare Turf, Olivier Peslier is in the frame for the mount on Qatar Racing's second runner Secret Gesture as Andrea Atzeni is due to be in Australia.

In the same race Billy Lee will have his first Breeders' Cup ride on Matron Stakes winner Fiesolana for trainer Willie McCreery, also making his debut at the Breeders' Cup. "Billy will go over early and ride some track work for Paddy Gallagher to get used to it," said McCreery.

"It's a dream to be involved. It's the biggest thing in the USA. The filly will stay with Lady Cecil for a night and then fly out with the British horses on Saturday."

William Hill and Betfred are betting on the number of European-trained winners, and Hills spokesman Jon Ivan Duke said: "The betting angle is a bit like the Ryder Cup - Europe v USA. That's where the interest has traditionally been."

European-trained winners at Breeders' Cup
Betfred: 6-4 three, 11-4 four, 3 two, 7 five or more, 10 one, 33 none.
William Hill:
6-4 three, 11-4 four, 3 two, 8 one, 10 five or more, 20 none.

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