Frankie: Almandin has a great chance in the Melbourne Cup
In his latest Ladbrokes blog, Ladbrokes ambassador Frankie Dettori chats about his dreams of winning the Melbourne Cup after landing the ride on Almandin.
Frankie: I have been trying for so many years to win the Melbourne Cup, with my first attempt in 1993; that’s almost twenty-five years!
Obviously I am very grateful that I have the ride on Almandin, although it was in difficult circumstances. I am very sad for Damien Oliver.
I have been good friends with Lloyd Williams for over twenty years and he takes me under his wing every time I come to Australia.
My wife’s mum is Australian and her father is a New Zealander so this means a lot to the family. It is one of the biggest races worldwide.
There are twenty-four runners and it is a top race but you know this horse has a great chance and he comes here with a great profile, winning it last year. If you’re not in it you can’t win it!
Of course I ride Ulysses first this weekend in the Breeders’ Cup and I am very excited.
He was fourth last year, fast ground is the key and the draw can make a huge difference.
Jetlag won’t be a problem. I have been doing it for twenty years and know exactly what to do!
And don’t forget, you can follow how I get on via Twitter @FrankieDettori!
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