‘We’re in the dark’: Frankie Dettori loses rides for Gosdens amid talk of split

John and Thady Gosden will not be using Frankie Dettori at Newmarket on Saturday, amid rumours of a split after a dreadful week at Royal Ascot for the jockey. Hollie Doyle, who rode her first Classic winner when successful on the Gosden-trained Nashwa on Sunday, is favourite to take over at the yard.

There has been no official comment from the trainers or the rider but Dettori’s manager Peter Burrell said: “We’re in the dark and searching for answers like everybody else.” He told the Racing Post: “Frankie rang up the Gosden office this morning to discuss riding plans for the weekend, as he usually does, but didn’t get a call back. We know absolutely nothing, so we’ll have to put the jigsaw together ourselves. Whatever John and Thady have done, we’ll all have to move on with.”

Dettori, comfortably the most recognised face in racing, was reunited with the Gosden’s Newmarket yard in 2015 when his career had hit the doldrums after he left the powerful Godolphin stable three years earlier. Victories aboard horses such as Enable, Stradivarius, Golden Horn and Palace Pier brought Dettori back to prominence in the sport.

The Italian, 51, whose Instagram posts this week showed him in Sardinia at his father’s, has one ride at Newmarket for a different stable at the weekend. Last year he revealed “he felt like a leper” at times before Gosden Sr rescued his career and could now be facing up to the end of the most glittering career in the saddle of any jockey riding in Britain since the late Lester Piggott.

There were no obvious signs of a rift before the royal meeting and Dettori had spoken of spending at least a few more years in the saddle when an engaging and well-received documentary on him was released in November.

But Ascot, where he has had his greatest success and sensationally rode all seven winners in 1996 on Festival of British Racing day propelling him into world news headlines, was a disaster for the rider last week.

While he had a high-profile success on Inspiral he came in for pointed criticism from John Gosden following his ride on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup after which the pair were seen in animated discussion. The trainer also publicly rebuked him for the ride he gave the Queen’s Saga, who failed by a head to catch Thesis in the following contest.

Quick Guide

Greg Wood’s Friday tips


Doncaster: 1.00 Good Earth, 1.35 Courageous Knight, 2.10 Antagonize, 2.45 Nietzsche’s Star, 3.20 Royal Scandal, 3.55 Havaila, 4.30 Hurt You Never.

Yarmouth: 1.45 Lenny’s Spirit, 2.20 Inspirited, 2.55 Captain Howse, 3.30 Tamaska, 4.05 Grandfather Tom, 4.40 Amor De Mi Vida, 5.10 Sir Rodneyredblood.

Cartmel: 1.55 Bagan, 2.30 Ballyquin Bay, 3.05 Shantou Express, 3.40 Mah Mate Bob, 4.15 High Counsel, 4.47 Kilfinan Bay, 5.20 Battle Of Toro. 

Newcastle: 4.55 Buxted Too, 5.30 Clear Angel, 6.00 Runninwild, 6.35 City Walk (nap), 7.10 My Astra, 7.45 Indemnify, 8.20 By Your Side.

Newmarket: 5.15 Strawberry Belle, 5.50 You’re On Mute, 6.25 Light Of Peace, 7.00 Shabs, 7.35 Another Investment, 8.10 Origintrail (nb), 8.45 Good Birthday.

Chester: 5.40 Golden Sands, 6.15 Mystical Applause, 6.50 Cashew, 7.25 Terra Mitica, 8.00 Brains, 8.35 Box To Box. 


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Bookmakers Betfair have opened a market on who will be the Gosden’s next retained rider and bet: 4-11 Hollie Doyle, 7-1 James Doyle and Colin Keane, 14-1 David Egan, 16-1 Rob Havlin, 20-1 William Buick and Tom Marquand.

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