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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Dettori back in business at Kempton with first ride of the year

Frankie Dettori: takes ride for Marco Botti
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Frankie Dettori has been back among the John Gosden team on the Newmarket gallops of late and takes his first domestic ride of the year on Dream Mount (6.10) at Kempton on Tuesday.

He is riding for fellow countryman Marco Botti in the mile handicap as he hones his fitness to take part in the world's richest race, the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Saturday week.

He will be competing for a pool of $16 million on Toast Of New York but does battle here for £11,200 in the three-year-old only contest, on his sole ride of the evening.

Botti said: "Frankie made himself available for the ride and we are happy to have him as he's a hard man to get in the summer when he's riding for John Gosden and Al Shaqab. 

"He's not jocking anyone off as Dream Mount has been ridden by several different jockeys in the past."

On Dettori's chances of returning on a winner, he added: "The horse ran well last time and we think Kempton will suit him better than Lingfield. He's a previous winner and goes there with a decent chance."

Will it be another Currie night at Kempton?

Rising star Nicola Currie recorded her first ever treble at Chelmsford last Thursday night and could be in for a similar evening at Kempton with five fancied rides, of which London (5.40) could be the pick.

The 5lb claiming apprentice has struck up a productive liaison with trainer Phil McEntee and cemented the announcement of her appointment as first jockey to the Newmarket yard when steering the topweight home at Southwell last week.

Formerly with Aidan O'Brien, London made most under a positive ride from a low draw that day and it could be a similar story from stall two here.

Nicola Currie: landed Chelmsford treble last week

The reappearance of London kickstarts a busy week for the team, with McEntee having the prolific Spare Parts in at Wolverhampton and Lingfield later this week.

He said: "London won well last time and has a lovely low draw, which suits frontrunners over seven furlongs at Kempton. There are a couple of dangers in the race but they are drawn wide so hopefully he can follow up under his penalty."

On the form of his jockey, he added: "Nicola has a good book of rides at Kempton and hopefully she can keep the momentum going as Rossa Ryan is the one to catch and he had a double at the weekend."

He added: "We have three runners on Wednesday, which I think can all win, including Spare Parts, who we also intend running on Thursday, with Nicola riding on both occasions."

Guard on Duty at 14

All-weather record holder Stand Guard extends his latest comeback spell past his 14th birthday when he reappears in division one of the Smarter Bets With Matchbook Handicap (7.10) at Kempton.

Stand Guard: returns to the all-weather at Kempton at the age of 14
John Butler's veteran's latest outing comes a month after a disappointing effort when beating just one home at Lingfield.

Newmarket trainer Butler still has faith in the former Sir Michael Stoute trainee, however, who registered the latest of his record tally of 28 all-weather wins at Kempton nearly a year ago.

The five runners in the preceding £25,000 feature, a conditions sprint, have mustered only eight all-weather wins between them, with Corinthia Knight and Joegogo leading the way with three each.

Express bound for Hereford

Exeter specialist Trans Express tries his hand at Hereford for the first time in the My Racing.Com Free Tips Every Day Handicap Hurdle (3.05).

Trainer Sue Gardner is unsure how the eight-year-old will go in the ten-strong field as he has never won anywhere else but Exeter, including winning the same race for the second year running at the Devon track last time.

She said: "We know he likes Exeter but it's just a case of if he fancies it at Hereford as we took him to Wincanton one day and he hated it there. He won't mind the ground but we don't know what to expect until he runs."

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Nicola has a good book of rides at Kempton and hopefully she can keep the momentum going
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