Frankie Dettori has been given a nine-day ban following his unsuccessful appeal against a charge of careless riding at Royal Ascot. The suspension was imposed after it was determined that Dettori had veered to the right while entering the first bend of the Listed Wolferton Stakes on Saga, the horse owned by the King and Queen. Stewards concluded that Dettori’s actions had caused interference to several other horses, resulting in Saga finishing fifth behind Royal Champion.
As a result of the ban, Dettori will be unable to compete from July 4th to July 12th. This means that the 52-year-old Italian jockey will miss out on participating in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the opportunity to ride the promising Coronation Cup contender, Emily Upjohn.
Furthermore, Dettori is also expected to miss the July Cup on July 15th due to a separate suspension incurred at Royal Ascot for exceeding the permitted level of whip use on Inspiral, the runner-up in the Queen Anne Stakes. This additional suspension will result in Dettori being absent from racing for a total of eight days, spanning from July 13th to July 15th, as well as from July 17th to July 21st.
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