- Dettori at the double
- Final appearance at York for 52-year-old
- Italian veteran looks towards Paris and Melbourne dates
Frankie Dettori ended his career at York on a high note, securing a double win in two major races. The 52-year-old jockey overcame challenges to triumph on Absurde (7-1) in the prestigious Ebor Handicap, despite a wide draw. Earlier in the day, he claimed victory in the City of York Stakes aboard Kinross, the 9-4 favourite trained by Ralph Beckett.
Dettori’s experience tells
Dettori’s retirement at the end of the year marks the culmination of a remarkable career that began back in 1987. Absurde’s journey to victory was notable, having finished second to stablemate Vauban at Royal Ascot and later experiencing a setback at the Galway Festival.
Absurde’s pre-race behaviour caused some concern, as he needed to be led down to the start, causing a delay. However, once the race began, he performed well and showed determination in the final stretch.
Dettori’s tactics positioned him smoothly at the front of the pack halfway through the straight. Despite challenges from Sweet William and Live In The Dream, Absurde demonstrated resilience and secured Dettori’s third victory in the Ebor Handicap.
Italian praises Absurde
In a post-race interview with ITV Racing, Dettori expressed his surprise at the win, particularly in his last ride at York. He admitted feeling concerned when his friend Rab Havlin on Sweet William approached in the final moments, but Absurde’s strong effort ensured their victory.
The veteran jockey praised Absurde’s gutsy performance, highlighting the horse’s need for cover during the race. The unexpected victory added to the sweetness of the day, especially after Dettori’s earlier win on Kinross.
There’s speculation that Absurde might be aimed at the Melbourne Cup, and Dettori indicated his willingness to take the ride in Australia, hoping to secure a victory in one of the few major international races that have eluded him.
Trainer Willie Mullins commended Dettori’s exceptional skills and energy, describing his victory on Absurde as a remarkable display of determination. Mullins, known primarily for success in jump racing, also celebrated his second victory in the Ebor Handicap.
Looking ahead, Dettori’s strong form has raised the possibility of a seventh win at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 1. Dettori has an impressive track record at the event, having won it six times in the past. Bettors are advised to monitor both Dettori’s form and the horse he’ll be riding as the big race approaches.Punters may also look towards the Melbourne Cup, which, as stated earlier, the Italian superstar has never won.