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Frankie Dettori on day three at York riding Golden Pal and Stradivarius

Dettori teams up with some leading contenders on Friday’s race card, including Golden Pal in the Nunthorpe and Lonsdale Cup entrant Stradivarius

Frankie Dettori has some top chances at York on Friday

Stradivarius is one of my all-time favourites and I hope we can do it in the Lonsdale Cup (2.25pm).

It’s not gone our way so far this season. We had traffic problems at Ascot and then he didn’t run at Goodwood because of all the rain.

He’s been fine at home since and is ready to take his chance back on better ground.

It’s a small but select field with Trueshan and Spanish Moon both in there but he still deserves to be favourite.

On soft ground Alan King’s horse is a tough nut to crack, but he’s not going to get those conditions and that should make it a much more level playing field.

I’m really looking forward to what looks like a really good renewal of the Nunthorpe (3.35pm).



Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori in the 2021 Longines Sagaro Stakes
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I rode Golden Pal on Tuesday morning and he felt great.

He’s explosive and it will take a very fast one to get in front of him. Wesley [Ward] speaks very highly of him and I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve seen so far.

York is a very slick track where it’s all about speed. It’s a bit like the 100m sprint and I hope we’re the ones crossing the line first.

The thing that he’s got against him is that he’s used to running around bends in America, but he’s in good hands with Wesley and I’m looking forward to it.



Golden Pal (left) has speed to burn in the Nunthorpe
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I’m also on Velazquez in the Convivial Maiden (4.10pm)

This is usually a very hot race and this year looks no different.

There are a number of horses in there with nice profiles and it’s hard to know quite what you’re coming up against.

As for my ride, he ran a good race to finish second last time out and will hopefully take another step forward.

On Saturday I’m over at Sandown instead of York for a handful of nice rides, including in both Group races.





Reach For The Moon goes in the Solario Stakes (2.05pm).

He’s a lovely two-year-old for Her Majesty who has done nothing wrong.

He did it very nicely at Newbury last month and will hopefully improve on that again.

I’ve also got Indigo Girl in the Atalanta Stakes (2.40pm).

She had some very good form as a two-year-old but then wasn’t seen to her best on her seasonal reappearance at Ascot last time out.

That was her first start for almost 300 days, though, and she felt like she needed to get the freshness out of her.

She’s got that run under her belt now and will hopefully take a step forward.

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