Royal Ascot: Frankie Dettori and Oisin Murphy to miss July Cup

by | Jun 28, 2023 | Horse Racing

Frankie Dettori and Oisin Murphy will not participate in the July Cup at Newmarket next month, after receiving eight-day whip bans for improper use during the Royal Ascot.

The suspension will be an especially emotional blow for Dettori, as the 52-year-old Italian needed to win the race at Newmarket in his final season as a jockey to complete a sweep of victories in all British Group One races.

He had hoped to have one final attempt at it aboard Kinross, a dual Group One winner trained by Ralph Beckett. However, the British Horseracing Authority’s whip review committee found that Dettori had used the whip seven times on Inspiral, a filly trained by John and Thady Gosden, during the Queen Anne Stakes, where he finished second behind Triple Time.

This exceeds the permitted limit of six strikes in Flat racing, resulting in a four-day ban. Since the race is a Group One event, the penalty is doubled.

With Dettori already scheduled to serve a nine-day ban from July 4th to July 12th for interference caused on Saga in the Wolferton Stakes (which he is appealing), his whip ban would begin after completing that suspension, thereby ruling him out of the July Cup on July 15th. The dates of his whip ban are July 13th-15th and 17th-21st.

Murphy received his ban for also exceeding the permitted level during his ride on Valiant King, the runner-up in the King George V Stakes. He will be out of action between July 11th-15th and 17th-19th.

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