After 12 rides for half a dozen trainers over the course of a week, Frankie Dettori found himself back in the winners’ enclosure. His first success since returning from his six month drugs ban came on Asian Trader for William Haggas, and provided a first opportunity for Dettori to show he could still do a flying dismount. He didn’t disappoint.
There was no great surprise in Asian Trader winning, as he had already had one victory this season, and the horse went off a well-supported 5/2 favourite. He was tight to the rail at one point in the five-furlong sprint, but once a gap opened, Dettori pushed him though to lead in the last 50 yards.
After the race he told Racing UK, “I’ve only been riding five days, but I feel good. I’ve done a lot of groundwork and even since the first day I’ve never felt out of place.” Dettori has found himself quickly rehabilitated into racing’s fold. He said, “It’s good. From day one, I’ve had tremendous feedback. Not just from the public, but from trainers and owners. I’ve started a new challenge. I know it might not be realistic but 100 winners for the season is what I’m aiming for.”
That wasn’t the only objective he had in mind, and with Royal Ascot just ten days away, a winner was the best advertisement he could place with trainers who have yet to sort out their jockey arrangements. He said, “I don’t know about any Royal Ascot rides yet. Looking from the outside it looks like Ryan (Moore) has three or four to choose from in every race and I’m hoping he picks a few wrong ones so I can get a few of his spares. We’ve still go two weeks and I’m sure something will come up.”