Frankie: I couldn’t miss Glorious Goodwood

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori
Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

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Frankie Dettori shrugged off his foot injury to ride a stunning double on ladies’day and declared: I couldn’t miss Glorious Goodwood.

The popular Italian jockey was almost sidelined for the whole meeting after picking up a knock at Ascot on Saturday.

He suffered the blow in a fall from the fatally-injured Rewilding in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the Berkshire course.

But despite having to leave his trademark flying dismount at home – on doctor’s orders – Dettori insisted he could not miss the famous five-day festival on the Downs.

And his bravery was rewarded when he piloted Opinion Poll and Meeznah to victories.

Dettori said: ‘It’s the winners that keep me going.

‘I know what the jump jockeys go through now – and thank God I don’t have to kick a football.

‘My foot is bruised and sore right now but I can have a rest next week.

‘This is Glorious Goodwood – I couldn’t miss it.’

Opinion Poll took yesterday’s feature race – the Group 2 Goodwood Cup – justifying his position as the 9/2 market leader.

The five-year-old made his break for home at the furlong marker and held off the fast-finishing Lost In The Moment, who completed a one-two for owners Godolphin.

Dettori said: ‘He’s an honest horse and never runs a bad race.

‘He’s got a lot of courage but is quite lazy, so I couldn’t take a chance to go through them.

‘I took him on the outside, got him going in plenty of time and as it happened I was there plenty early enough.

‘He decided to put the brakes on a bit and luckily the line was just there for me.’

The jockey was accompanied to the winner’s presentation by his daughters Ella and Mia before completing a quick-fire double on Meeznah in the Group 3 i-Shares Fillies’ Stakes over one mile and six furlongs.

There was simply no stopping the 6/1-shot as she powered clear to beat Shankardeh by two-and-a-half lengths and clock a new course record.

Earlier, Masamah teed up a shot at the Nunthorpe with victory in the Group 2 Audi King George Stakes at 4/1 under Jamie Spencer.

The first race – the Betfred The Bonus King Stakes – was won by 4/1-favourite Labarinto to give Ryan Moore an overdue first success of the week.

The EBF Medicean New Ham Maiden Fillies’Stakes was won impressively by favourite Gifted Girl – another banking a 4/1 gamble – as she was booted clear from two furlongs out to win by four lengths.

Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes were on the mark with Casual Glimpse in the Tatler Stakes at 16/1 and the final race – the Stakes – went to Moore again on Kinyras at 4/1.