Frankie Dettori can’t wait to ride John Gosden’s dual Oaks winner Enable in Saturday’s King George at Ascot racecourse




Dettori can’t wait to ride Enable on Saturday despite the diet to make the weight and he also revealed the filly dumped him on the ground in Newmarket on Tuesday morning!

FRANKIE DETTORI is ready to forgive hot King George favourite Enable after she dumped him on the floor on Tuesday morning.

Dettori can’t wait to get back on John Gosden’s filly, despite the rocky relationship, and reveals she is raring to go ahead of the toughest task of her season at Ascot on Saturday.


“I rode Enable yesterday morning and believe it or not she dumped me on the floor. I was like, ‘thanks very much!’.

“Luckily, I fell standing up but she still dumped me! She is just full of herself right now and raring to go,” he said.


Dettori will be hoping for another planned flying dismount on Saturday!

Dettori made sure he was back from injury to ride Enable in the Irish Oaks, but he faces another tough task getting down to the 8st 7lb, close to Dettori’s minimum weight, that Enable will carry.

Dettori added in his Ladbrokes blog: “I got allotted 8st 7lb in the King George which is my bare minimum, so I need to keep my weight down.



Enable recorded a stunning win in the Irish Oaks under Dettori

“My diet is all boring stuff at the moment – white fish, vegetables and water. It’s grim!

“She was the reason I came back from injury so early. She really is special. I pushed myself so I could ride her in Ireland and it was worth it.



The dynamic duo had previously bagged the Oaks at Epsom in impressive fashion

“The King George is a tough race but I’m really excited. She’s getting a big weight allowance so she’s entitled to be at the head of the market.”

Discussing the opposition, Dettori continued: “Let’s take nothing away from the reigning champion Highland Reel and the Coral-Eclipse winner, Ulysses.

“Highland Reel is obviously the biggest danger to our chances. He ran very well at Ascot and we know he stays. He’s just got a great CV.

“I suspect the ground will be on the right side of good. Her pedigree suggests the ground shouldn’t be any issue.

Big Orange


Dettori punches the air with joy as he wins on Big Orange earlier in the season

“I’d never tried her on soft ground until this morning. It was only a small breeze but she seemed to handle it. We shall find out on Saturday.”

Another horse Dettori can’t wait to ride is Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.

John Gosden on his possible Ascot contenders Enable and Jack Hobbs

Michael Bell’s stayer has won the race for the previous two seasons but this year it is being run as a Group 1 for the first time.

Big Orange was one of a handful of winners Dettori missed at Royal Ascot through injury as James Doyle partnered him to a popular victory in the Gold Cup.

Big Orange


Big Orange (left) holds off the challenge of Order Of St George in the Gold Cup

“I can’t wait to ride Big Orange. He’s everybody’s favourite. After all, he’s won two Goodwood Cups,” Dettori added in his Ladbrokes blog.

“The key with him is the weather. He needs dry weather. I really hope we don’t get those summer showers to spoil it.

Big Orange emerges from the gloom triumphant in last year's Goodwood Cup


Big Orange emerges from the gloom triumphant in last year’s Goodwood Cup

“Apart from that, he is a horse who wears his heart on his sleeve and tries like hell.”

Big Orange is one of 18 remaining possibles, with fellow Royal Ascot winners Stradivarius and Oriental Fox also in the mix.

Frankie Dettori

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Dettori had to sit back and watch James Doyle partner Big Orange to victory at Ascot

Cesarewitch winner Sweet Selection, Northumberland Plate hero Higher Power and the consistent Sheikhzayedroad are others in contention.

Dal Harraild, Pallasator, Prince Of Arran, US Army Ranger and last year’s Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave are others of interest.

Michael Bell talks all things Big Orange ahead of the Qatar Goodwood Cup


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