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A 'Alli is the choice of the Dettori Breeders Cup book



Frankie Dettori will have at least five rides when he returns to California for the 36th Breeders Cup this week.

It is 25 years since the popular Italian broke his duck at an American exhibition meeting – directing the brilliant Barathea to victory for Luca Cumani in the 1994 Mile Mile Breeders at Churchill Downs.

Turn the clock forward a quarter of a century, and Dettori now has 14 Breeders Cup wins on his CV – reaching that number when the brilliant Enable won Turf last year on what was his 100th trip in meetings over the years.

No one can look forward to this moment at Santa Anita, but Dettori agent Ray Cochrane believes his client and close friends still have some strong opportunities.

'Ali will be Frankie Dettori's first trip in the Breeders Cup this year
'Ali will be Frankie Dettori's first trip in the Breeders Cup this year

Cochrane said: "Frankie will drive A 'Ali to Simon Crisford in the Juvenile Turf Sprint and Walk In Marrakesh in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. It looks like they only boarded two on Friday.

"On Saturday, he went down to ride Imprimis at the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. He drove it at the King's Stand at Royal Ascot at the beginning of the year, where he didn't run too bad (finished sixth).

"He will then be at Fanny Logan for John (Gosden) at Filly & Mare Turf, if he enters, and he will ride Hey Gaman to James Tate on Breeders Cup Mile.

Fanny Logan (left) is a potential runner at Filly & Mare Turf
Fanny Logan (left) is a potential runner at Filly & Mare Turf

"There is one other trip that I cannot confirm – I think it will be a late call by connection.

"After all he has five good rides there, and I would say 'Ali will be the best of them."

A 'Ali who was trained by Simon Crisford brought extraordinary trust to the table – having won the Norfolk Peg at the Royal Ascot, the Robert Papin Prix at Deauville and the Flying Childers at Doncaster this season.

Fanny Logan is also interested in Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf after running four consecutive wins. Dettori has won Group One prizes twice before, on top of Ouija Board (2006) and Queen's Trust (2016).


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