“Without Enable and Stradivarius, my rides in York felt a bit light,” Dettori said. “Lord North is still a big race to miss and he’s the one who made me want to stay.
“Two weeks at home afterwards isn’t ideal, but we’re running an incredible amount of money on Sunday and I thought it was worth the risk. Dettori has another chance to justify his decision on Saturday, when he teams up with Mishriff in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, a 6-5 favorite to clinch another six-figure prize.
The British Horseracing Authority has said jockeys riding in France may only have to serve a seven-day quarantine on their return if they pass two Covid-19 tests.
Saturday ITV Courses
Until now, Surf Dancer (3.35) was best known as the horse that was dramatically pressed against a rail by Well Of Wisdom in Sandown a few months ago. Only fourth that day because of interference, he showed his quality with a Listed win last time around and now looks to be the one to support in Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes, the highlight of ITV’s Saturday coverage.
Going back to Seven Stadiums seemed to help him as he moved away from Boccaccio to York and this effort suggests he belongs to that company. Dream Of Dreams impressed at Royal Ascot but didn’t have much to do last year after a similar effort there, while Threat has a bit to prove after finishing weak in both starts this season.
1,50 Newbury A son of Frankel and a half-brother of Golden Horn, Dhahabi had a certain reputation in its debut on the racetrack and duly prevailed. It is a bit of a surprise to see him trading as the second favorite, but this price will suit his big stride and he can take another step forward.
2.05 Newmarket From the courtyard in the shape of Sir Michael Stoute, Boss power Everything was going well for him at Yarmouth last month but he still won on what was his handicap debut. He should have a lot more to offer. The midnight gift is interesting but might require this return.
2,25 Newbury Chosen by Jim Crowley in front of the sympathetic Jahbath, Afaak could return to the winner’s precinct for the first time since last year’s Royal Hunt Cup, having finally fallen back to the standings he had that day. The first-time blinders helped him take third place on the Goodwood Golden Mile, when he was the only one in the top nine to come from a double-digit draw.
2.40 Newmarket Some giving underfoot has been important to Bring Gold in his two good endeavors recently and he might not get it here. Karibana, who scored on the course and the distance on fast ground a fortnight ago, seems the best bet.
3,00 Newbury The favorite beaten in this race last year, Morando is unlikely to get the soft ground that suits him and seems at a short price. Law might be the right alternative, getting the weight tolerance that can so well promote a quality three-year-old in these distance races. He comes from the bubbling backyard of Owen Burrows and managed to win a big handicap at Royal Ascot in his third start.
3.15 Newmarket Almost two months have passed since our last sight Endowed, during which he had a wind operation and his stable really took shape. It’s a comeback to the classroom, so there are several reasons to hope that he can return to the most successful version of himself that we saw at the end of last season.