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Frankie ban ends Cup dream

Frankie ban ends Cup dream

Frankie Dettori will miss the chance to win next month’s Lexus Melbourne Cup, one of the few major races not on his glittering CV, after being suspended for a combined 16 days for overuse of the whip on two of his British Champions Day rides.

Dettori was found to have used his whip once above the permitted level of six strikes in the final two furlongs aboard the John and Thady Gosden-trained Trawlerman in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.

The Godolphin stayer initiated a memorable double for the rider on his final day in the saddle in Britain, and he signed off with victory in the Champion Stakes aboard the Roger Varian-trained King Of Steel.



Dettori, however, also went one over the whip limit earlier on the card on Champions Sprint second Kinross, with the whip review committee finding him to have used his whip seven times inside the final two and a half furlongs of the 6f event.

He will be out of action from November 7 to November 24, with the Melbourne Cup at Flemington taking place on the first day of his suspension.

Dettori said: “Regretfully at British Champions Day I went one stroke over in the opening and subsequent race.

“Following the whip review committee meeting early this week, my 16-day suspension will take effect from Tuesday, November 7, meaning I am unable to ride at the Melbourne Cup carnival.

“With flights booked, I still plan to attend Australia’s premier meeting to support the event.”

Australia’s most famous race is one that has frustrated Dettori over the years, having ridden in the 2m Grade 1 handicap 17 times without success.

He finished second aboard 50-1 shot Central Park when beaten just a head by Rogan Josh in 1999 and filled the same spot aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite, who finished half a length behind Prince Of Penzance in 2015.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Master Of Reality passed the post a head second behind Vow And Declare under Dettori in the 2019 running – the last time he rode in the race – but was demoted to fourth after a protest.

Absurde, who Dettori won the Ebor on for Mullins at York in August, had been mooted as his possible Melbourne Cup ride but Zac Purton was recently booked for the 16-1 shot after he was allotted a low weight of 8st 5lb.