Dettori awaits Ruler decision

Redford ridden by Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori is yet to learn if he will be reunited with Ruler Of The World (16/1 race winner) in next week’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but the camp are hopeful he will be aboard at Longchamp.

Dettori is the retained rider for Al Shaqb but the group will now know if he will ride Ruler Of The World until after his final preparation run at Ballydoyle on Wednesday.

Joseph O’Brien has been named rider of the 2013 Derby winner but with the Irish champion jockey at the Curragh when Rule The World returned at the Prix Foy this month, Dettori guided him to a first win since the Derby.

Al Shaqab racing advisor Harry Herbert says they are hopeful Dettori will be aboard the Aiden O’Brien-trained colt for the Longchamp spectacle next weekend.

“The decision on Ruler Of The World is always done by the Irish team after the last piece of work, that’s their rule and we will stick with that,” said Al Shaqab racing advisor Harry Herbert.

“Obviously we hope Frankie will be riding Ruler Of The World, but it all depends on what else is running, how the horse is and all the rest of it, and there’s not a definitive decision yet.”

Ruler Of The World was well-beaten in last year’s Arc, finishing seventh, but Dettori insists the four-year-old should not be ruled out this time around.

“He’s a Derby winner, he’s got low mileage this year and he won well last time – I was very impressed,” Dettori told Channel 4’s The Morning Line.

“The Arc is a very, very difficult race and this year looks a vintage Arc.

“Looking at that list, you could name 10 horses to win this year – it’s an unbelievable race.”

However the joint-favourite remains Taghrooda (5/1 race winner) after a pleasing gallop at Newmarket on Wednesday and Dettori admits the John Gosden-trained filly could be the one to beat.

“Three-year-old fillies get 11lb from the older horses and she’s a King George winner getting 11lb – that’s why Treve was so spectacular last year,” he added. “It’s a great advantage when a filly is good and in good form to run in the Arc. They have a great record.”

 

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