Late last night it was still undecided whether Frankie Dettori would return to race riding at Goodwood today following his fall from the luckless Rewilding in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The fall left Dettori with bruising and a swollen toe. He declined the trip to Germany on Sunday, where he was due to ride Cavalryman in a Group 1 race. With no rides scheduled yesterday, Dettori has had a full two days to rest up and for any swelling to go down. As a result, things were looking promising for the Godolphin stable jockey to return today.
Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager said "I saw Frankie this afternoon. His toe is still swollen. He can get his racing boot on. He's feeling positive about it and we're hopeful he'll be okay tomorrow. He won't really know until he gets on the horse in the paddock but as far as he's concerned he's pretty happy with the wat he's coming along."
Dettori has only two rides today; well fancied Delegator in the Bet 365 Lennox stakes and Hunters Delight in the preceding race, the Bet365 Gordon Stakes, both Godolphin horses trained by Saeed bin Suroor. The order of those two races will allow Dettori to test out the injury before Delegator sets out to restore Godolphin's fortunes. But if the risk of Dettori not riding isn't enough to be cautious in backing Delegator, perhaps the words of his trainer are. Bin Suroor told the Racing Post "He was unlucky in the July Cup last time, but he came back sound and is really fresh and happy. He's been training well, and although I think six furlongs is his best distance, he will still have a good chance upped to seven furlongs."
It does look likely that Dettori will be fit, though should either of his two counts win, don't go looking for a flying dismount. It just might hurt the toe again.