In what many are judging as a sign of warming relations between Coolmore and Godolphin, Frankie Dettori has been revealed as the jockey for this season’s 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, and Irish Derby winner, Camelot, in Sunday’s Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The development means that the hugely popular Italian will be aboard his 25th consecutive ride in Europe’s premier middle-distance contest, writes Elliot Slater.
Although Dettori hasn’t been getting quite as many rides for Godolphin lately, he still remains under contract to the Dubai-based equine powerhouse, but the ‘Boys in Blue’ have failed to produce a horse good enough this year to take its chance at Longchamp, and the former champion jockey was left without a ride.
After the decision was taken to allow Camelot to run in Sunday’s contest, only three weeks after running his heart out when failing by just three-quarters-of-a-length to catch Encke in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, trainer, Aidan O’Brien was looking around for a jockey to replace his son Joseph.
The younger O’Brien is unable to make the weight of 8st 11lb allotted to the star three-year-old colt.
With Dettori available, the ‘Master of Ballydoyle’ stepped in to secure his services, meaning the 45-year-old will have his first ride for the great Irish trainer since he partnered Scorpion to victory in the 2005 St Leger.
Joseph O’Brien will not be left without a ride, as he will be aboard the five-year-old St Nicholas Abbey, fifth in last year’s race and a winner this term of the Group 1 Coronation Cup for the second time.