Which horses is Dettori Riding champion at Royal Ascot

With Royal Ascot fast approaching, Frankie Dettori will be looking for more success at the top level at the prestigious gathering. With 76 winners, Dettori ranks behind Lester Piggott for success at Royal Ascot and will be aiming to add more to his tally when the meeting begins on Tuesday June 14. We’ve picked out some of the top jockey’s top rides during his favorite game…

Lord North – Prince of Wales’s Stakes June 15

Lord of the North is trying to regain his title in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) after winning the contest in 2020 under James Doyle.

Dettori took over and steered the 6-year-old to two DP World (G1) sponsored Dubai Turf wins, the most recent of those in March.

The pair finished fourth last time out as joint favorites in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1), but will face even tougher opposition at Royal Ascot, with the progressive Bay Bridge globetrotter Mishriff and Japanese star Shahryar among the entries.

Emily Upjohn – Ribblesdale Stakes June 16
Eyes will be on the filly trained by John and Thady Gosden to see if she can bounce back from an unlucky run in the Cazoo Oaks (G1).

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Favorite entry for the Epsom Classic, Emily Upjohn stumbled through the gates and found himself with significant ground to make up for. Dettori issued his challenge at the line but was denied a short header by Tuesday .

It was an admirable race given the circumstances and a strong start could see the 3-year-old back to her best, with the filly still holding several top entries for the rest of the season.

Stradivarius – Gold Cup June 16

Stradivari Probably Dettori’s most popular Royal Ascot mount, tries to emulate Yeats with a fourth Gold Cup (G1) success at the age of 8.

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Stradivarius (left) with Frankie Dettori (top) digs to win the Yorkshire Cup in York

The remaining star opened his account this season with a victory in the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup (G2), which took him to 18 wins at group level, the most of any horse trained in Europe.

He will likely face tougher opposition in Thursday’s Group 1 contest, where his former rival trueshan and newcomer Kyprios could make formidable competitors if the conditions are right.

Inspiral – Coronation Stakes June 17
The expectation of Inspired to make her 3-year-old debut appears to be coming to an end next week as the undefeated filly lines up for the Coronation Stakes (G1).

The Cheveley Park racer capped off a perfect season with success in the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile (G1), promoting her as ante-post favorite for the Thousand Guineas (G1) and crowning her European Champion 2-year-old filly.

However, Inspiral were kicked out of the Newmarket Classic after missing a key training period and were subsequently not ready in time for a seasonal return to the Coral Heron Stakes.

She is now heading straight for a thrilling Group 1 clash with homeless songs who dazzled in the Tattersalls Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) by finishing more than five lengths ahead on Tuesday.

Reach For The Moon – King Edward VII Stakes June 17
The Queen’s greatest chance of having a Royal Ascot winner in her Platinum Jubilee year may lie in Dettori’s hands when he teams up reach for the moon in the King Edward VII Stakes (G2) on Friday.

The 3-year-old is yet to come out of the top two in six starts and was managed by My Prospero in the Heron Stakes on his seasonal return.

The pair were denied success at Royal Ascot last year, with Dettori less than half a length from winning the Chesham Stakes on the final day of the encounter.

Next week’s contest will mark a milestone in the journey and it will be interesting to see if the queen runner can do better this time around.

Clyde P. Johnson