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Dettori-Gosden Partnership Shows Cracks

Pressure builds on partnership

Frankie Dettori will not be riding for trainers John and Thady Gosden at Newmarket on Saturday, despite being in action for Ralph Beckett on the card, after losing the mounts on Sunray Major and Stowell.

The Racing Post reports that Dettori has ridden Sunray Major, a half-brother to Kingman, in all bar one of his eight starts but has been replaced by James Doyle for the Group 3 House of Cavani Criterion Stakes.

Frankie Dettori and John Gosden after Enable’s Arc win (SCOOPDYGA – DYGA Laurent)

Stowell, whom Dettori rode at Royal Ascot last week, will be partnered by Robert Havlin, who also rides Mimikyu for the Gosdens at Newmarket. Dettori has one ride on Lezoo in the Listed Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies’ Stakes for trainer Ralph Beckett.

The absence of Dettori on any Gosden-trained runners comes a week after a public outburst by John Gosden following the defeat of Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Gosden had initially lamented the tactics employed by Dettori in dropping back through the field and having to switch wide in the straight on Stradivarius having been short of room. In response to the defeat, the eight-year-old’s owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen said: “You can’t blame the horse here.”

The former champion trainer then doubled down on his criticism of Dettori the following day, while also criticising the rider’s attitude after the Gold Cup, with the jockey also beaten on Saga in the Britannia Stakes and Reach For The Moon in the Hampton Court Stakes for the Queen.

Speaking after Dettori guided Inspiral to a wide-margin win in the Coronation Stakes, Gosden said: “Our hero overcomplicated it yesterday and I was clear in my definition of that. I think it’s right to say what you think. It’s over, it’s past, it’s finished, and we move on.

“You can’t keep looking back. You discuss it, you deal with it and you move on. These are horses; they need your full attention and not wandering around with your lip down. You just get on with it.

“The great thing is Stradivarius is still in good form and Saga – who should have won – as far as he’s concerned did win.”

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1 comment on “Dettori-Gosden Partnership Shows Cracks

  1. Avril Lerena says:

    From hero to zero .. horse racing is such an unforgiving game ☹️

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