Dettori back at Newmarket
No shortage of support for freelance Frankie
Last Updated: 23/10/12 12:47pm
Frankie Dettori has secured a full book of rides at Newmarket on Wednesday, all for different trainers, as he returns to action in Britain for the first time since the announcement he will not by retained by Godolphin in 2013.
Two of his rides are for Sheikh Mohammed's outfit - the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Ikhtisas in division one of the British Stallion Studs EBF TBA Maiden Stakes and Mahmood Al Zarooni's Quintilian in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Nursery.
It is business as usual in that respect, despite the shock news on Sunday that Dettori will end his 18-year association with Godolphin.
He has already been touted as a contender for next year's jockeys' championship and his imminent availability has swiftly been picked up by the training fraternity.
Charlie Hills has snapped up Dettori for newcomer Sunbula in the opening Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
The Lambourn trainer is delighted to have him on board one of his three runners in the seven-furlong heat.
"He's a world-class jockey and it's always great to have him riding for you," said Hills.
"You want him on your side rather than against you. Sunbula is a nice filly and has been training well. It's her first run, so we don't know what to expect, but she is a nice-looking filly."
Dettori then teams up with the soon-to-retire John Dunlop on debutant Goodwood Mirage in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Maiden Stakes, followed by the Brian Meehan-trained Master Ming in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Houghton Conditions Stakes.
Zain Eagle from Gerard Butler in the British Stallion Studs EBF TBA Maiden Stakes Division Two and Tim Easterby's No Poppy in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Fillies' Handicap complete the septet.
Easterby's father, Peter, is full of admiration for the three-times champion.
"He'll be champion jockey next year. There's a lot of life left in him," he said.
"This filly has been amazing me. I didn't think she'd win at York last time. She goes higher and higher in the handicap and keeps winning.
"The lad (Adam Carter) would have ridden her but he's banned."