Frankie Dettori taking week off as he continues shoulder injury recovery

    Frankie Dettori is set to sit out the action this week as he continues his recovery from a troublesome shoulder injury.
  • Monday 17 July 2017
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Frankie Dettori is set to sit out the action this week as he continues his recovery from a troublesome shoulder injury.

The rider was hurt in a paddock incident at Yarmouth on June 13 and ultimately had to admit defeat in his race to be fit for Royal Ascot, where he missed what would have been five winning rides, including Big Orange in the Gold Cup.

He returned to the saddle with two mounts at Newmarket last Thursday and was in the headlines on Saturday when steering Enable to the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy in 2010.

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 the 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."

Speaking at a Qatar Goodwood Festival event in London on Monday, the Italian rider singled out the Michael Bell-trained six-year-old Big Orange, who will be bidding for a third successive Goodwood Cup, as the horse he is most looking forward to riding at the Sussex track.

"Big Orange has captured the people's imagination, even before his epic win in the Gold Cup," said Dettori. "He has won the Goodwood Cup twice and he wears his heart on his sleeve. He will be a horse that everybody will be cheering for on Goodwood Cup day.

"I started a good partnership with the horse in the spring and I spoke to James Doyle at length before the Gold Cup, that way I was still part of it. It was sad I was not there, but I was really pleased for my friends and the horse. It was probably the most exciting race of the week.

"I am really looking forward to riding him. He is a wonderful horse to ride. He is really honest and he really tries."

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