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The Frankie Yankee? We analyse Dettori's four rides at Killarney

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Wed 17 Jul 2019
 Dettori will be riding at Killarney for the first time
Dettori will be riding at Killarney for the first time

Frankie Dettori will be the centre of attention when he rides at Killarney for the first time on Wednesday evening.

The world’s most instantly recognisable jockey has four rides at the breathtaking Kerry avenue between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Bookmakers will beware The Frankie Yankee – at least those who accept multiple bets on him – and Dettori can be irresistible when he gets on a roll. The accumulator is about 225-1 at the general odds listed below.

However, if the 48-year-old is out of luck then you fear Killarney, voted Ireland’s Tidiest Town in recent years, could end up being littered by losing betting slips.

Below is an assessment of each of his rides.

6.30 TIME TUNNEL

Trainer: Dermot Weld. Odds: 7-4

Dettori has ridden seven Group One winners since the end of May with the highlight being Enable’s return win in the Coral-Eclipse for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

He will slip on the same silks here as he teams up with an old ally in Dermot Weld.

There are some interesting newcomers in this mile maiden for three-year-olds but Time Tunnel is the pick of those with experience, having chased home Morpho Blue over 7f at Leopardstown last time.

The winner has franked the form and the step up to a mile will suit but, on the minus side, Time Tunnel is a half-sister to the smart but temperamental Father Time and has clearly inherited some of the family’s quirks.

She did not load into the stalls on her intended debut and was again reluctant to go in last time. A first-time visor may concentrate her mind.

Verdict: Frankie fans can get off to a flyer provided she goes in the stalls.

7.00 MUJID

Trainer: Dermot Weld. Odds: 9-2

This son of Frankel, out of an Irish 1000 Guineas winner, is choicely bred but has evidently had problems or been given time to mature (perhaps both) as he did not race at two or three.

He hinted he would make up for lost time when zestfully making all in a mile maiden here in May but he failed to figure when pitched into handicap company at Limerick last time.

Gauging his exact merit is not easy and, overall, this is a trappy five-runner minor event which makes little appeal as a betting medium.

It would be no surprise if Dettori attempted to dictate from the outset and, with the potential for an easy lead, there is at least back-to-lay possibilities for those who like to bet in-running.

Verdict: A bold bid from the front on the cards but Tony The Gent looks a more solid option.

7.30 LADY WANNABE

Trainer: Fozzy Stack. Odds: 4-1

She appeared to excel herself when fourth to Buckhurst in Group Three company at the Curragh last time but that was a slow race and the form may not be reliable.

The daughter of Camelot had previously been put in her place by Viadera in a handicap at the Curragh, when in receipt of 16lb, and now meets that rival on level terms.

Lady Wannabe is clearly going to need to raise her game to turn the tables with Viadera in this Listed contest but Dettori fans will cling to the hope she has had only five runs and is improving in chunks.

Verdict: Has something to find on these terms with Viadera the form choice.

8.30 FINDING NERO

Trainer: Johnny Murtagh. Odds: 2-1

Finding Nero caught the eye on several occasions last year without getting his head in front and has progressed well this term – winning handicaps at Gowran and Downpatrick before narrowly failing to complete a hat-trick of wins at Naas last time.

The extra furlong here should not pose a problem and he is clearly in excellent fettle but he’s gone up another 4lb for his latest effort and the quicker ground is also a niggle.

Several of his rivals also arrive in good form with an opening mark of 77 for Listowel maiden winner Defining Battle potentially lenient.

Verdict: Cannot be left out of calculations but this is a trappy contest.

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