Frankie Dettori’s Top 5 Doncaster Rides

Frankie Dettori looks set for another fine week at Doncaster's St Leger Festival.Frankie Dettori looks set for another fine week at Doncaster's St Leger Festival.

Frankie Dettori’s top 5 Doncaster St Leger Festival rides

Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori is in action at Doncaster this week as Town Moor plays host to their prestigious St Leger Festival. The four-day festival sees Dettori reunited with equine friends old and new and here at Racing Tips, we have analysed the racecards for all four days – identifying Dettori’s five best chances of success.


INSPIRAL – (Cazoo May Hill Stakes, 2:40 Thursday)

Dettori partners up with John & Thady Gosden in Thursday’s May Hill Stakes – where the duo have the exciting Cheveley Park owned INSPIRAL to look forward to.

This filly by Frankel is 2-2 in her career to date, impressively landing a Listed contest at Sandown last time out.

This race was nominated as an immediate target for Inspiral after that success, and it is not difficult to see why, with the yard sending out last year’s winner Indigo Girl.

At her current odds of 2/5, Inspiral represents – according to the bookmakers – Dettori’s best chance of success at Doncaster this week.


FREE WIND – (Hippo Pro3 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes, 3:15 Thursday)

Owner George Strawbridge loves a winner at Doncaster, and he holds live claims in Thursday’s Park Hill Stakes courtesy of his FREE WIND.

Frankie Dettori takes the ride on this three-year-old, who has won three of her five career starts to date – the latest success coming in a Group 3 at Deauville.

Today’s step up in distance should pose no issues on that running, and her powerful yard knows what it takes to land this prize, having sent out Enbihaar and Gretchen to land the spoils in recent years.


STRADIVARIUS – (Doncaster Cup Stakes, 2:40 Friday)

The ride that Dettori is arguably most looking forward to this week comes in Friday’s Doncaster Cup, where he retains familiarities with his old partner STRADIVARIUS.

The duo has combined to land some of horse racing’s biggest events, including the Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and this very race back in 2019.

Stradivarius now holds a career record of eighteen wins from twenty-nine starts, with his latest victory in York’s Lonsdale Cup proving that the now seven-year-old retains all of his enthusiasm for racing.

With Doncaster’s dry forecast far more suitable for Stradivarius than his main market rivals Trueshan and Princess Zoe, Friday’s race appears to provide Stradivarius – and Dettori – with a fine opportunity to gain another career success.


REACH FOR THE MOON – (Champagne Stakes, 2:20 Saturday)

One of the most exciting juveniles in training, REACH FOR THE MOON, is the star attraction in Saturday’s Group 2 Champagne Stakes.

Running in the Queen’s synonymous regal racing silks, Dettori gets his leg back across Reach For The Moon this weekend, with the colt creating a favourable impression when landing the Solario Stakes at Sandown last time out.

He marked himself down as a future Group 1 operator that day and receiving weight from his main market rivals Lusail and Native Trail here he should prove tough to beat.


HIGH DEFINITION – (Cazoo St Leger Stakes, 3:35 Saturday)

Dettori has won the St Leger on no fewer than six occasions, most recently with Logician (2019), and he will be bidding for magnificent number seven when lining up in Saturday’s renewal of the world-famous race aboard HIGH DEFINITION.

Frankie Dettori and Aidan O’Brien have already teamed up for British classic success this season with the 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth – who was the apparent stable second string that day. Yet the betting suggests that High Definition will Ballydoyle’s number one hope at Doncaster on Saturday, with Dettori picking up the ride from Ryan Moore – who heads over to Leopardstown for Irish Champions Weekend.