PUNTERS’ darling, Frankie Dettori, will miss the entire five days of Royal Ascot due to a persistent arm injury suffered at Yarmouth last week.
After riding Shutter Speed in the Group 1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday, Dettori is suffering pain in his arm and requires physio.
He said in a statement:”I’ve been trying so hard to get fit for today but had to accept this morning it wasn’t going to happen. I’ve got to have physio and get it properly looked after so won’t be at Ascot this week. For me that’s soul destroying as it’s the most important week of the year. I’ll be counting down the days until next year.”
John Velazquez takes the ride aboard King’s Stand second favourite Lady Aurelia and Windsor Castle market principal Nootka Sound, while Edgar Prado replaces Velazquez aboard Elizabeth Darcy in the latter race.
James Doyle will take over from Dettori aboard Magical Memory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, while Jamie Spencer has picked up the mount on Royal Hunt Cup market principal El Vip on Wednesday, with Luke Morris on board Spencer’s original ride Banksea.