Injured Dettori pulls out of Royal Ascot

Ruben Ruiz
June 20, 2017

Speedballs from Wesley Ward in America, blue bloods from Aidan O'Brien's powerful Irish yard, raiders from France, the best British and Irish horses and jockeys, The Queen and, of course, Michelle Payne - the stage is set for Royal Ascot 2017.

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"It's a lot of hard work by a lot of people and we are very grateful to everybody".

Vichai's acquisition of then unglamorous Leicester City paid off in remarkable fashion when they defied the odds to win the Premier League crown. "I have complete confidence in him".

"He's a big boy, full of life and we love him to bits, I think he'll be better at three as well".

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The third carried William and Kate, who wore an Alexander McQueen dress with a bespoke hat, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, while in the final carriage was Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn with Diana, Princess of Wales's sister Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband Lord Fellowes.

"I wasn't riding badly and I didn't feel a different jockey, it's just the opportunities were elsewhere and other guys had come in". He gets the trip well and that makes him a good horse. That has to be a worry, as it suggests he has had his troubles.

"My first option would be to have a horse I own in my slot, but you want to have the best horse available in the end". This used to be a big race but with the creation of the Commonwealth Cup, this race has taken a back seat and lost some of its quality.

It's a punt, and his stamina is unproven, but he does have a fair record when fresh, and he was highly-regarded by Godolphin at one time last season. One has to think the firmer conditions will favor the handful of Americans shipping in to attack Europe's elite racehorses and their connections. He won the Racing Post Trophy (GI) as a 2-year-old.

Note: Many of the five-day meet's entries were not yet final as of June 18 so it is possible some horses go into different races or scratch altogether, though every US -based runner is already in the country, so it's doubtful they will not run at all.

The only two that half-tempted me at the prices were Sound And Silence and Mokaatil - the former's trainer is superb with first-time headgear and the latter shaped really well at Salisbury - but there is pace everywhere across the track and I gave up trying to eke out a bet.

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