Turf Talk: Manager hints at Newmarket July Festival return for injured Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire
Frankie Dettori. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire
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frankie Dettori will not be back before the week of Newmarket’s July Festival at the earliest, the jockey’s manager Peter Burrell has revealed.

The Italian sustained an arm injury in a paddock fall at Yarmouth on June 13 and while he was fit enough to ride in the French Oaks five days later, he missed the whole of Royal Ascot last week due to the problem.

Dettori will now miss the ride on Cracksman in Saturday’s Irish Derby at the Curragh and will also be sidelined for the Coral-Eclipse meeting at Sandown the following weekend.

“I’m afraid he won’t be back until July week-meeting at Newmarket at the earliest,” said Burrell.

Dettori missed several winners at Royal Ascot, including Big Orange in the Gold Cup and Lady Aurelia in the King’s Stand Stakes.

n Bookmaker William Hill has been announced as the new sponsor of the St Leger at Doncaster.

The firm has signed a three-year-deal with Arena Racing Company, who manage Doncaster, and along with the St Leger, it will also sponsor the feature race on the three other days of the meeting, the May Hill, Mallard and Portland Stakes.

William Hill chief executive officer, Philip Bowcock, said: “William Hill is one of the best known brands in betting – with a long history of horseracing sponsorship.

“We are delighted to sponsor the oldest Classic and we will work closely with ARC to continue to build the profile and popularity of the William Hill St Leger Festival.”

ARC’s chief executive, Martin Cruddace, added: “We are delighted William Hill have become the new sponsors of the St Leger.

“We really enjoy working with their team and look forward to extending this to our feature racing festival of the year. William Hill have the brand, vision and team to help build on the success of both the four-day festival and the feature race, the St Leger.”

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WORCESTER: 2.20 Black Corton, 2.50 Al Alfa, 3.20 Kings Ryde, 3.50 Paddy’s Field, 4.20 Rasasee, 4.50 Cintex, 5.20 Too Many Diamonds.

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