Wednesday’s racing tips – Analysing Frankie Dettori’s four rides at Killarney
We take a look at all four of Frankie Dettori’s rides at Killarney on Wednesday and see how many winners the enigmatic Italian will ride on his highly anticipated course debut.
As if Frankie Dettori’s star billing couldn’t get any bigger, day three of Royal Ascot pushed the famous Italian onto an entirely different pedestal. Victory on-board Stradivarius in the Gold Cup meant Frankie had won the first four races on the card, threatening a fabulous six-timer which would have left the bookmakers skint.
Sadly, for punters around the globe, it wasn’t to be, but it did go to show that no jockey can captivate an audience and pull in a crowd like Frankie Dettori. It’s for this very reason that organisers at Killarney’s Summer Festival were shocked and overjoyed to hear that Dettori would be making his first ever visit to the racecourse on Wednesday evening.
Dettori has been booked to ride four horses today at Killarney and it’s highly likely each of his quartet will be subjected to heavy support before the off. We’ve taken a look at all four of his rides to determine how many winners Frankie Dettori will ride at Killarney today.
Dettori’s Rides At Killarney
Dettori’s first ride at Killarney will see the legendary jockey guide TIME TUNNEL into a wide-open maiden for Dermot Weld and Prince Khalid Abdullah. Weld’s three-year-old has appeared twice so far this season, following a seventh place on debut with a runner-up finish to Morpho Blue, who takes her chance in the Listed contest later in the card.
The Invincible Spirit filly finishes off her race much better on her second start and shaped like the step up to a mile would suit. The team have also decided to employ a visor for the first time, to help keep Time Tunnel’s eyes on the prize. There’s every chance Dettori could make a winning debut on Wednesday.
Frankie takes over in the saddle of Dermot Weld’s MUJID in this competitive Rated Race and the Italian might have to use all of his prestigious talented to help this four-year-old return to winning ways.
Unraced at two and three, Mujid scored on his second start of the season in a maiden over course-and-distance. His only outing since then, however, was hugely underwhelming and there are a couple of well-treated rivals ahead of Dettori’s mount in the betting who hold much greater appeal.
Dettori’s second chance of a winner comes in this competitive Listed Contest over a mile, where he rides LADY WANNABE for Fozzy Stack. Stack’s three-year-old comes into this on the back of an excellent run at the Curragh in the Group Three International Stakes, where the 20/1 outsider crossed the line just two-and-a-half lengths behind Buckhurst in fourth.
Lady Wannabe lost out to rival Viadera when they clashed earlier in the campaign, finishing a half-length second in a handicap, despite a 21-pound pull at the weights. The handicapper suggests Dettori’s mount has improved 17 pounds since that run, but she will have needed to if she wants to turn the tables on the favourite.
Frankie Dettori’s book of rides at Killarney closes with a job for good friend and former jockey, Johnny Murtagh, as he guides FINDING NERO into battle in this 11 furlong handicap. After ending last season as a 62-rated maiden running on the all-weather, Murtagh’s charge has taken his game to a whole new level since making the switch back to turf.
Finding Nero immediately broke his duck on his reappearance at Gowran Park, before following up in a similar ten-furlong handicap at Down Royal. Murtagh’s charge may have come up short on his most recent run, but the favourite didn’t run badly at all in defeat and the handicapper’s bumped him up another couple of pounds for his efforts. This looks a fairly deep race, but it would be just like Dettori to claim a sensational victory before flying off into the sunset.