Leicester racecourse has the honour for its evening card, and a spokesman for the track told the Racing Post, “It would be great if Frankie were to make his comeback here. I’d imagine there’ll be a lot of interest, and we need a boost after losing so many fixtures last year.”
Dettori is now within weeks of the end of a six-month ban handed out by the French authorities last December for drug misuse. Last week he was over in France for further tests, which he says were straightforward. Once he has confirmation of that from France Galop, he’ll be free to resume racing on 20 May. Explaining his choice of meeting for that day, Dettori said, “Providing all is well I expect I will be back at Leicester on 20 May as I don’t fancy going round those bends at Windsor on my first day back. I might end up in the Thames.”
Nice to see your sense of humour is still intact, Frankie.
This season, Dettori will be a freelance rider, and he’s been busy building up some credit with trainers by riding work for them. In France he spent time with Olivier Peslier and Carlos Laffon-Parias, for whom he had to set his alarm clock early. He said, “Carlos pulls out at 5.30am when it is still dark, so it was a bit hairy to begin with.”
Back here he has ridden work for several Newmarket stables, with Marco Botti, Jeremy Noseda, Ed Dunlop, William Haggas and John Gosden amongst them. We can expect him to pick up a fair number of rides for these trainers when he returns.