Sporting Index ambassador and leading Flat jockey Frankie Dettori previews his rides at Ascot on Saturday.
It’s nice to have a race for Emily Upjohn so soon after she was forced to miss the Irish Oaks through travel complications.
It’s unfortunate what happened, but at least we have the King George (3:35pm) only a week later, so she’s still able to carry on her routine.
She worked nicely at the July Course a couple of weeks back and has seemed in good form since, so we’re all set, but the King George is going to be a much tougher race. It’s a small but select field and all six runners are good horses, so there aren’t really any outsiders. She was ready to go to Ireland and she’s also ready to go to Ascot.
We get a massive pull in the weights, which is a big help, and barring any accidents I’m hoping for a big performance. Fingers crossed we got all the bad luck out of the way at Epsom!
Epsom was a nightmare, but that’s racing. Just when you think you’ve got everything covered, something like that happens.
You can’t take anything for granted in racing and we just have to keep our fingers crossed that everything goes well.
Ascot is a beautiful track, I love it, it tends to be very fair and the King George is a race you want to win every year.
Lezoo (1:50pm) ran a super race at Newmarket last time and this looks a nice opportunity for her. She’s very tough and consistent and has plenty of speed too.
My last ride is on Saturday is on Finn’s Charm (4:10pm) for Charlie & Mark Johnston.
He wasn’t beaten far in the Chesham at Royal Ascot, so we know he goes at the track and that’s a big positive. I’d be hopeful that he can go well again.