Criterion and Chrome camps vie for Dettori ride

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori: set to partner California Chrome in a gallop at Ascot

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A TUG of war is developing between the international raiders for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes with connections of Criterion and California Chrome both hoping to secure Frankie Dettori to ride at Royal Ascot.

Dettori, who has landed the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on three occasions, is scheduled to partner US horse of the year California Chrome in a racecourse gallop at Ascot next week as the four-year-old continues his preparation for the 1m2f Group 1.

However, the jockey is also wanted by connections of Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion, who galloped under rider Chad Schofield in Newmarket on Thursday.

Tom Dabernig is overseeing the training of the David Hayes-trained Criterion in Newmarket and told “It’s the plan for [Frankie Dettori] to ride although it’s not confirmed whether he’ll ride him in the race or not. We should get confirmation of that in the next ten days.”

Australian raider Criterion is a best price of 16-1 with Coral for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Dabernig said the four-year-old had settled in well to training in Newmarket.

“He’s great. He had a gallop there [Thursday] morning and worked well. He was ridden by Chad Schofield and by all reports everyone’s really pleased with him,” Dabernig said.

“He’s the sort of horse that does very well in training and he’s quite the seasoned traveller now for a young horse and he copes with it very well.”

California Chrome, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes last season and was last seen finishing second in the Dubai World Cup, is a general 12-1 shot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.


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