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Cogito: Heron Stakes winner reunited with Frankie Dettori for Belmont date

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Dettori in Cogito action at Belmont on Saturday

Preview: USA, Saturday 10.06pm BST (live on ATR)

Belmont Park: Jamaica Hcap (Grade 1) 1m1f, turf, 3yo

BEFORE his Paris date with Camelot, Frankie Dettori flies to New York on Saturday night for two rides at Belmont Park, headed by the Brian Meehan-trained Cogito, who makes a belated US debut in the Jamaica for Kentucky Derby-winning owner Paul Reddam.

Runner-up to subsequent Grade 1 winner Bayrir in the Prix Eugene Adam on his most recent start, Cogito had earlier won the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown in May - with Dettori in the saddle.

The son of Giant's Causeway had been due to contest the Travers Stakes at Saratoga before a muscle problem kept him at home.

Now he gets his chance Stateside in a $400,000 event won 12 months ago by the Jeremy Noseda-trained Western Aristocrat, who had similar credentials.

However, he did not have to face a rival like Kentucky Derby third Dullahan (Dale Romans/Joel Rosario), who beat his elders in Del Mar's signature event, the $1 million Pacific Classic, on his most recent start.

Although that victory marked Dullahan's third Grade 1 success on all-weather strips, he is being pointed towards the Breeders' Cup Classic on dirt.

First, though, he tries the turf, having failed to win in three previous tries on the lawn, including when beaten by Team Valor's Howe Great (Graham Motion/John Velazquez) at Gulfstream Park in March.

"This will be his first time on the turf where he's 100 per cent," said Dullahan's trainer Dale Romans. "As a two-year-old, he hadn't really turned the corner, and the Palm Beach [on March 11] was his first start off a layoff. I'm kind of anxious to see what he does."

He gives weight away all round, including a handy 5lb to Cogito, and a couple of pounds to Summer Front (Christophe Clement/Ramon Dominguez), who is five-for-six on turf.

Also on Saturday

Belmont Park: Frizette Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 2yo fillies (9.02pm BST, live on ATR)

Dettori has picked up the ride here on west coast visitor Roveing Patrol (Ben Cecil), taking a massive step up in class after being purchased out of Seattle by owner Reddam.

Dreaming Of Julia (Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez) is the one to beat after two wide-margin victories by a cumulative total of 26 lengths, including one over course and distance last month for a trainer who swept both graded stakes for two-year-olds here last Sunday.

My Happy Face (Rudy Rodriguez/Ramon Dominguez) score by 21 at Saratoga last time and is a serious pace rival as she steps up in trip.

Belmont Park: Champagne Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 2yo (9.34pm BST, live on ATR)

Jeremy Noseda, who had a Grade 1 winner on this card 12 months ago, saddles Newbury runner-up Chief Havoc (Cornelio Velasquez), beaten by only the highly rated Wentworth last time out.

The son of Giant's Causeway is the only one here to have raced at this 1m trip but he's up against it as the juvenile king Todd Pletcher sends out a powerful trio headed by Hopeful Stakes winner Shanghai Bobby (Rosie Napravnik).

Godolphin's Fortify (Ramon Dominguez), nearly four lengths behind the Pletcher colt at Saratoga, has more experience, a longer trip and a top jockey this time.

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