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The Derby 2013: Frankie Dettori is back but with no flying dismount



Dettori is still enthusiastic despite a poor start to his return to the sport.

FRANKIE DETTORI’S eagerly awaited return to action at Epsom yesterday was not memorable after he finished last of nine runners aboard Beatrice Aurore.

But it did not dampen the Italian’s enthusiasm. Dettori, who was returning to race-riding following a six-month ban for testing positive for cocaine at Longchamp in September, only made it to the track with minutes to spare.

“I got stuck in traffic so it was panic stations,” said Dettori. “I ran the last three furlongs down the track to get here on time.

“I planned to come here by helicopter but it couldn’t take off because of fog. I got a good welcome back. As soon as I got on the horse it was back to business and like I had never been away.

“It was nice to get a welcome back from everyone. It’s all been a bit of a thunderstorm.

“I feel as fit as I could be but I haven’t ridden for a long time.”

The Italian fared slightly better on his second mount when finishing fifth on the Marco Botti-trained Fattsota.
Dettori said: “It’s been a long six months, to be honest.

The first four months I really enjoyed – being able to eat and chill out with the family. But as soon as the World Cup started in Dubai, I started really missing it.

“It’s been really hard. It’s a pity I couldn’t get a Derby ride, but we’ve got nearly three weeks to Ascot and I’ll try to get a full book of rides.

It was nice to get a welcome back from everyone. It’s all been a bit of a thunderstorm.
Frankie Dettori

“I have been keeping pretty fit even though I’ve still got a bit of a J-Lo bum!

So I still need to shed two or three pounds.

“Being a freelance now is a nice, new challenge. I’ve worked for one operation for 18 years and I’m most grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for the opportunities and kindness he gave me.

“I’m a little bit afraid of the future, but I’m very positive. It’s a great relief to be back and I’m pleased with my fitness. Of course, I’ll be riding at the small meetings, too – I need the money!”

Dettori’s return has to be welcome news for the sport which has been rocked by 22 horses from one of the Godolphin stables testing positive for steroids and jockey Eddie Ahern being banned for 10 years for race-fi xing.

Dettori’s other ride Sri Putra failed to fare any better when finishing last of the seven runners in the Diomed Stakes Tomorrow, Dettori returns to France where he rides First Cornerstone in the French Derby at Chantilly for Irish trainer Andrew Oliver.

“We are very pleased to have Frankie ride First Cornerstone,” said owner Barry Irwin.

“He’s a world-class rider, and he knows how to win this race.”

Courtesy: http://www.express.co.uk