Frankie Dettori talks Stradivarius and day one of Glorious Goodwood
I am really looking forward to the Qatar Goodwood Festival, it is like a second Royal Ascot.
I start the week on Visinari in the Vintage Stakes (2.25). He’s a nice horse and 7f will suit him. It looks a strong renewal and the Godolphin horse, Pinatubo, looks quite strong.
I ride Hay Gaman in the Lennox Stakes (3:00). He is a very consistent horse. He was very unlucky last time, losing his shoe at the start.
He got beaten by a good horse that day of course but he is a very honest and genuine horse who doesn’t know how to run a bad race.
My big ride of the week is Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup Stakes (3.35); he is the people’s favourite. You always know what you’re going to get from him and that is a good fight.
They have all turned up so it is going to be a tough race. It won’t be a walkover for us but he won’t go down without a fight. I think the biggest threat is the Godolphin horse; Cross Counter.
Of course, I feel nervous but I am still recovering from Enable. I love that people are still talking about her by the way. It was just an amazing experience.
Regarding Stradivarius though, it’s only human to feel these nerves, I’m normal. I am feeling very confident at the moment though.
After that, I ride Cobra Eye in the European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes (4.10). He finished second first time up but I have to look at his form in depth.
Roger Charlton booked me a while ago to ride Savaanah in the Fillies’ Handicap (5.15). She is from Prince Faisal, the owner of Coronet. The fact he booked me a while ago says that she must have a good chance.