Dettori Ban Leaves Gosden Looking For Goodwood Jockey

12 months ago

Following a review of the 10-day ban slapped on Frankie Dettori for his riding of Angel’s Hideaway at Newmarket two weeks ago, the former champion jockey’s penalty has been reduced to six days – but he still misses the ‘King George’ at Ascot on Saturday, and the key first two days of Glorious Goodwood next week.

In a bitter-sweet decision for Dettori, the BHA panel still determined that he had caused interference in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on his way to finishing second behind the impressive Pretty Pollyanna, but decided his ban should be reduced by four days.

John Gosden, for whom Dettori was set to continuing his association with both Group 1 Goodwood Cup favourite Stradivarius, and Group 1 Sussex Stakes favourite Without Parole, is now faced with having to find another rider for his two big-race contenders next week, despite doing his best to convince the hearing that what happened was not Dettori’s fault.

John Gosden, tried in vain to persuade the BHA panel to overturn Dettori’s ban

“She shied and ran away from the bright yellow silks of Mr Gredley [owner-breeder of of Pretty Pollyanna],” suggested the former champion trainer. “She is easily spooked. He has ridden [Angel’s Hideaway] work on the Al Bahathri and that has got rails either side. I’m not putting him on her on the gallops – yesterday she got loose – as I’m preserving him at his age.”

Stradivarius, very impressive when staying on strongly to win the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup last month, is currently a top priced 4/6 with Sky Bet to follow up in the Goodwood Cup, a race he won 12 months ago. Having already landed the first two legs of the £1 million stayers’ challenge, a win in the Goodwood Cup would set Bjorn Neilsen’s star up for a crack at the fourth and final leg, the Group 2 Lonsdale Stakes at York in four weeks time. Andrea Atzeni, who partnered the Sea The Stars colt at Goodwood last year, may be top of Gosden’s pecking order.

Without Parole is unbeaten in four starts and stepped up to the highest level when winning the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He’s a top priced 7/4 with Bet365 to extend his winning sequence to five in the Sussex Stakes, but having never been partnered by any jockey other than Dettori it will be very interesting to see how he fares.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.