Dettori will not ride this week to make sure that he is fit enough to ride at Glorious Goodwood where he is expected to have some big chances on the Sussex Downs
FRANKIE DETTORI admits he is still struggling with his shoulder injury and will take another week off to enable him to be fit for Glorious Goodwood.
Dettori suffered an injury in a paddock fall at Yarmouth and was forced to miss meetings such as Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby.
He returned to the saddle last week at Newmarket and rode Enable to victory in the Irish Oaks.
Dettori rode in France on Sunday, but said: “I’m feeling good mentally, but I feel a bit stiff and tired today as I rode three races back to back yesterday. My arms are a little bit tired.
“I will be taking the rest of week off riding in races, but I will be riding out and carrying on my strengthening and physio.
“The reason is I want to be riding at (Glorious) Goodwood in every race. I can do three races at the moment and it is slowly improving every day.
“I did come back a little prematurely. Enable was a big carrot dangling and was my incentive.
“I had to grit my teeth and go through the pain barrier, but we got the job done.”
Dettori also faces a tough decision to choose who to ride in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
John Gosden is set to run both Shutter Speed and So Mi Dar, meaning Dettori will have to choose which filly to ride.
He said: “It’s a very tough choice for me to make, with So Mi Dar in the picture as well.
“I’ve not ridden either of them for a while and I’ll be putting my legs across them next week.
“It’s a very hard choice, as both at their best are potentially top drawer. It’s a nice problem, but also a very difficult one as well.
“So Mi Dar is a wonderful mare, she’s had a troubled spring but is in full work now and it’s all systems go.”