Frankie Dettori’s 3 Racing League Rides Assessed
Frankie Dettori’s Racing League Debut
Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori makes his debut in the Racing League today as the three-time Champion Jockey heads up to Doncaster for three rides. Representing the Newmarket Red team that consists of himself, Luke Morris and Jamie Spencer, Dettori is available to ride horses for the Newmarket Red training team of Cowell, Gosden, Prescott and Simcock.
Having missed last week’s Racing League debut at Newcastle, Dettori heads to Doncaster for week two where he will find his team currently sitting atop of the Racing League table. He travels up to Doncaster for the three rides, and here at Racing Tips, we have evaluated all three horses chances.
AUTUMN FLIGHT – 5.42 Doncaster
Dettori’s first ride at Doncaster comes in the opening race, which is a 5f handicap. His ride is Autumn Flight, a popular five-year-old trained by Robert Cowell. Autumn Flight has finished out of the first three just once in his seven starts since joining Robert Cowell’s yard – winning twice.
He remains a few pounds above a last winning mark, yet crucially has some course form to his name courtesy of a close second in April – a run which came off the same mark that he currently finds himself on.
Main opposition to Autumn Flight is likely to come in the shape of Tenaya Canyon, who looks more unexposed than most in this line-up and represents the bang in-form Ed Walker yard.
SIR EDWARD ELGAR – 7.20 Doncaster
Frankie Dettori has no rides booked in the next two races, yet appears to hold live claims in the fourth courtesy of Sir Edward Elgar. This 1m handicap will be the first time that we see the powerful Dettori and Gosden combination participate in the Racing League.
Sir Edward Elgar was a winner of a Lingfield maiden in January and has run with credit in defeat in his two starts since sent handicapping – his latest second coming on his debut on turf.
He is entitled to improve for that run, and finds himself running off the same handicap mark here, yet will need to find more to trouble Air To Air, who was sent off the favourite for the ultra-competitive Brittania Handicap at Royal Ascot last time.
PITCHER’S POINT – 7.53 Doncaster
Frankie Dettori’s final ride on week two of the Racing League comes in the card’s penultimate race, a 1m2f handicap. Dettori rides Pitcher’s Point, a horse that cost a whopping $800,000 as a yearling.
Pitcher’s Point has gained two wins from his nine career starts to date, and interesting is 1-1 when Dettori is aboard. He struggled on the all-weather earlier this year, yet as a result, has now slipped to a mark just two pounds above his last winning one, and there should be more to come from him.
Sarvan is starting to become slightly frustrating yet on the form of his last two runs looks unlikely to be far away at the business end here – he rates as the main danger to Dettori’s mount.