Dettori’s Day? Frankie Hopes For More Newmarket Magic
Frankie Dettori bids to continue his fine run of form at Newmarket on Saturday
Frankie Dettori is the go-to name on the racecard for many punters, and those following the legendary jockey in recent weeks will have noticed that he has been riding at an incredible 34% strike rate. Dettori aims to continue this excellent run of form when heads to Newmarket for four rides on Saturday – including a big chance in the feature Cambridgeshire Handicap. Check out our views on his chances below.
UNCONQUERABLE – (1:50 Newmarket, Royal Lodge Stakes)
Frankie Dettori’s first ride at Newmarket on Saturday is UNCONQUERABLE in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes. This son of Churchill was a winner at Naas on his penultimate run (fourth career start) and had previously chased home Point Lonsdale at the Curragh earlier in his career.
He disappointed back against that rival in a Group 3 last time out but has since been given plenty of time to get over that effort, and connections now reach for the addition of a first-time tongue-tie.
MAGICAL MORNING – (3:40 Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Handicap)
Frankie Dettori has enjoyed notable success in the Cambridgeshire Handicap in recent years, partnering both Wissahickon and Lord North to victory. He appears to hold strong claims of making it three wins in four years when he takes the ride aboard MAGICAL MORNING on Saturday.
This four-year-old won a competitive Sandown handicap in July and bounced back from a modest run at Goodwood (soft ground) when going down by just a head at York latest.
Stepping up to 1m1f looks sure to suit on that evidence, and he remains relatively unexposed for these powerful connections.
THANKS MONICA – (4:15 Newmarket, Fillies’ Maiden Stakes)
Bookmakers feel that THANKS MONICA represents Frankie Dettori’s strongest chance of success on Newmarket’s Saturday card.
This filly cost an eye-watering £105,000 at the Breeze-up sales earlier this year, and she showed why connections were keen to add her to their team when a staying-on fourth here on debut last month.
She is entitled to have learnt plenty from that initial racecourse experience, and her yard is operating at a 26% strike-rate with their juveniles here in recent years.
TINDERBOX – (4:50 Newmarket, “Jersey Lily” Fillies Nursery Handicap)
Frankie Dettori’s final ride at Newmarket on Saturday is TINDERBOX in the “Jersey Lily” Fillies Nursery.
This filly chased home the now 94-rated Value Theory on debut and bettered that effort when landing a Kempton novice next time out.
That form has worked out well since, with the second and third both winning their next starts.
Tinderbox bombed out when not unfancied for the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood last time, but that effort can be excused as she was trapped wide throughout and never looked completely at home on the track.
Newmarket should suit better, and this represents a significant drop in class from that Goodwood assignment.