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Frankie Dettori rooting for Italy in Euro final

Frankie Dettori will be “hiding somewhere” as he watches on when his beloved Italy clash with England in the Euro 2020 final.

The hugely popular Italian rider was at Wembley on Tuesday to see the Azzurri knock out Spain on penalties in their semi-final, but will not be there in person on Sunday night.

Looking back on England’s victory against Denmark – sealed by Harry Kane’s swift rebound from his own saved penalty, given after a contentious foul on Raheem Sterling – Dettori is expecting a tight affair.

He said: “I watched most of the match until you (England) got the phantom penalty and I decided to go to bed!

“I went to the Italy semi-final – I took Andrea (Atzeni, fellow jockey) with me, and my daughter. I was given tickets, so I thought it was a good opportunity, and it was a rollercoaster to be honest with you – I felt like I’d had seven rides at Royal Ascot afterwards!

“I’m not going to the final. I’m taking my wife away for a couple of days and didn’t realise it was on the same day as the final, but maybe it’s a good thing, in case we get beat! I’ll be hiding somewhere, and watch it by myself.

“I don’t think anyone could wish for a better final, and I think it will be close.

“I’m Italian and obviously I’ll be rooting for my country. But you are at home, you’ll have 60,000 people behind you as the 12th man – and that could swing it your way.”

Amy Murphy looking forward to runner named in honour of England manager

Amy Murphy is hoping to name a horse in tribute to the England manager after reserving the name Southgate with the British Horseracing Authority following England’s Euro 2020 success.

The squad have been led to the semi-final by Gareth Southgate and could yet reach the final if they are able to defeat Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Murphy’s dual-purpose Newmarket yard is named Southgate Stables, and the long-standing link between football and racing has been recently exemplified by Mr McCann’s successive victories for Tom Dascombe, with the two-year-old owned by a group of current and former Liverpool players that includes Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Adam Lallana.

Amy Murphy (pink coat) with star jumper Kalashnikov
Amy Murphy (pink coat) with star jumper Kalashnikov (Paul Harding/PA)

“We’re always trying to be inventive and think of different ways to attract owners into the yard,” she said.

“The yard is called Southgate Stables, so as soon as they got through the group round it made sense to go and reserve it.

“In this game you’ve got to always be looking for new ideas and new ways to move forward, that one connection with somebody new or existing can only be good.

“There are lots of links (with racing and football), there’s obviously Michael Owen and other owners, the links are already there.”

Wednesday’s evening fixtures brought forward to avoid England clash

Wednesday’s evening fixtures at Bath and Kempton have been switched to earlier starts to avoid clashing with England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.

The crunch clash at Wembley kicks off at 8pm, with Bath initially scheduled to race until 8.35pm and Kempton’s last contest programmed for 8.50pm.

However, following applications from the owners of both tracks, Arena Racing Company and Jockey Club Racecourses respectively, both cards will now be completed before the game kicks off, with Bath’s last race at 7.35pm and Kempton’s closer at 7.45pm.

Harry Kane was England's hero in Rome on Saturday night
Harry Kane was England’s hero in Rome on Saturday night (Marco Iacobucci/PA)

A statement from the British Horseracing Authority said: “Having received applications from both the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company, the BHA has approved the alteration of race times at both Kempton Park and Bath on Wednesday evening to avoid a clash with England’s Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark.

“We wish Gareth Southgate and the England team the best of luck.”