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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