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Dettori dreaming of
trip to Breeders' Cup
Frankie Dettori is relishing a potential trip to
America with Golden Horn after his spectacular
success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at
Longchamp on Sunday.
Looking relaxed when speaking at Leicester
races yesterday, Dettori paid tribute to the
constitution and ability of the Investec Derby
winner, who was adding Europe's premier middle-
distance race to his Epsom, Eclipse and Irish
Champion Stakes laurels.
Trained by John Gosden and owned by Anthony
Oppenheimer, Golden Horn could sign off before
he goes to stud with a run in the Breeders' Cup
Turf at Keeneland on October 31.
Dettori said: "A lot of credit goes to the staff
that kept him in such good form all year round
and fingers crossed we will ship him over to
America and wave him goodbye.
"He has done his stuff in Europe and if he can
do it in America it would be brilliant.
"He is the sort of horse who thrives on his
racing, he takes his races really well and I think he
is getting better. It would be great to see him
again. He's very tough---most of the great ones
are. He always has something to give.
"That's the difference between the good ones
and the very good ones."
Reflecting on the Arc, the Italian said: "I said on
the day on Sunday that the last furlong and a
half, I don't think I have been as fast in my life. No
horse was going to get near me or past me."
Force on track for
Air Force Blue is on course to clash with
Emotionless in a mouthwatering renewal of the
Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on
The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt has only tasted
defeat once his four starts and landed a second
Group One success in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien
National Stakes at the Curragh last month, on the
softest ground he has faced to date.
That also represented a first try at seven
furlongs and speaking at Tipperary after saddling
bumper winner Lieutenant, O'Brien said: "Air
Force Blue seems fine and it is so far, so good for
the Dewhurst on Saturday.
"We were worried about whether or not to run
him with the ground at the Curragh, but we were
delighted with the way he ran.
"It (Dewhurst) is always a good race."
Air Force Blue heads the market on next year's
2000 Guineas with most firms, but currently
trades as second-favourite for the Dewhurst
behind the Charlie Appleby-trained Emotionless.
A son of Shamardal, Emotionless extended his
winning run to two when an easy winner of the
Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Legatissimo to race in 2016
Triple Group One-winning filly Legatissimo is
set to stay in training as a four-year-old.
Trainer David Wachman revealed there was "a
good chance" the daughter of Danehill Dancer,
owned by Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick
Smith, will race on in 2016.
Winner of the 1000 Guineas, Nassau Stakes
and Matron Stakes, Legatissimo will bid to cap a
tremendous year in the Breeders' Cup Filly &
Mare Turf at Keeneland later this month.
"The Breeders' Cup is the plan at the moment,"
"We'll see how we get on, but there's always a
chance she'll stay in training next year.
"The owners will make the decision, but there's
a good chance. It's not set in stone, but you never
A Redoute's Choice half-sister to Legatissimo
was one of the stars on the opening day of the
Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket,
being knocked down to MV Magnier for 725,000
Chester Street is strongly-fancied to
land division one of the 2-y-o Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of Kempton
We were hopeful Roger Charlton s charge
would be the first leg of an each-way dou-
ble with Cautious Optimism in the second
leg but that might have been thwarted.
Cautious Optimism has been drawn
widest in stall thirteen and few serious
backers would ever risk investment from
a coffin box!
Although clear top-rated on BHA ratings
and best-in according to my time-hand-
icap Cautious Optimism faces a mountain
to climb; you can t beat the draw is a
well-known maxim and though a few do
achieve successes statistics are against the
Chester Street is drawn nine (of 14!)
and that should represent no problem for
all-weather specialist George Baker given
this Invincible Spirit colt has already proved
above average in one of the key- juvenile
races of this season.
Move Up stayed on strongly to win, it
looked a run-of-the mill Leicester maiden
until one computed the time-figures!
Column won by eight lengths next time
out at Beverley, on the same card Wapping
was unlucky (under a poor ride from
Baker!) and Stargazer finished second in
a fast-run race at Kempton, clear of the
That form is as solid as a rock and I m
determined to bet every one of the first
As for Cautious Optimism I m a punter
The thought of not including William
Muir s runner in our daily patent can t be
resisted, for two reasons; Cautious Opti-
mism is head n shoulders superior and
last time achieved a career-best under
Sam Hitchcott who replaces injured Martin
The aDP is made up with Jack Nevison,
one of ten declared for division two of the
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs at Not-
tingham where good to firm might be
changed to good following heavy rain(s)
Jack found five too short at Sandown
last month, expect him to fight off strong-
ly-fancied, Richard Fahey-trained, Dacoity,
a real eye-catcher at ayr on debut which
resulted in one writing down, next time!
Talk about confliction!
In racing s version of Ramsay Street
(look it up, kids), it isn t far from Cri-
quette s place down the Avenue du
Général Leclerc to Freddy s house. The
pair share access to the same awesome
1900 hectares of training grounds owned
by France-Galop in the centre of Chan-
But as Criquette Head-Maarek says her-
self, when it comes to families there are
no guarantees and her brother s suggestion
to the visiting British media at number
three that Treve lost her third Arc because
she was being treated---and, on the day,
ridden---like a superstar, rather than any
other horse, raises eyebrows among his
Illness is said to have prevented Frankie
Dettori from taking his rides at Windsor
on Monday, but despite Treve s defeat in
her bid for a history-making third Arc de
Triomphe there is absolutely no hangover
for the mare s trainer. Indeed, up the road
at number 32, Head-Maarek only smiles
when her brother s suggestion is related
"Why do anything differently? It hasn t
stopped her from winning two Arcs and
stopped her from doing fantastic things,"
"We ve got nothing to hide, so everyone
should open their door. It doesn t bother
you when people ask you questions. It s
life. We re doing a public job so the people
should be able to talk to us.
"We live because of the betting. If the
betting wasn t there, we would be in bad
shape. I do. I always feel that way and
Papa [legendary trainer Alec, now in his
90s] was like that. He was always very
open to people and he taught me to be
"Besides, I think some other trainers
are shy. I m not. I can talk for hours."
Treve s retirement means the visitors
and sacks of letters to her stable will soon
start to dry up, but Head-Maarek---who
diligently replied to every piece of mail---
is pragmatic about the change that will
come when Treve leaves to join the Nor-
mandy stud of owner Sheikh Joann al
"I suppose for everyone it will be sad,"
she says. "We re so used to having her in
our yard, but there are other horses to
look forward to. We have to go forwards
and not backwards.
"I m relaxed. For me, it doesn t change.
The Arc is over. It was yesterday. We ve
got more horses coming on. That s our
life. For me, as a trainer, it should be like
that. You can t keep saying I d like to keep
her forever---I m not like that.
"We will change her shoes now, give
her time, drop her food---prepare her for
her normal life."
Road paved for
Heads are up at stunning Chantilly
10.00 Jack Nevison
2.25 Chester Street
2.55 Cautious Optimism
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am --- 14-19
6.30 pm --- 7-12
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
9, 16, 17, 18, 20
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 9 5 1 26
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 9 2 21
18WATERBOAT 5 9 7 1 22
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 4 5 0 12
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 7 7 6 2 22
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 3 18
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 3 1 20
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, October 6
6.30 pm 4
7 (Hog) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
5 (Parson Man)
34 (Blind Man)
34 (Blind Man) 4 pm
20 (Dog) 1 pm
18 (Water Boat) 10.30am
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