RACING superstar Frankie Dettori will top the bill at next week’s Killarney Races.
The brilliant Italian will compete at the track on Wednesday and it is expected tha he will ride in the feature listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes.
Attracting the three-time champion jockey is a massive coup for the team at Killarney Races and they were thrilled when the two-time Epson Derby winner accepted the invitation issued by Killarney Racing Manager Philip O’Brien, himself a former jockey.
“This is a tremendous feather in our cap because Frankie Dettori is box office. We are absolutely delighted,” said O’Brien.
“We are overjoyed that he will include Killarney in his schedule for the first time and his profile has never been greater so we expect a bumper crowd on the day,” he added.
Colourful Dettori (48) is enjoying a great run of success and he followed up a super showing at Royal Ascot with listed and Group 1 victories in Sandown and in France last weekend.
The Killarney crowd will be hoping that the larger-than-life Italian, who has won more than 500 Group races, will have an opportunity to exhibit his trademark energetic dismount if he rides a winner.
Described by the legendary Lester Piggott as one of the best in the business, Dettori’s most famous achievement was when he rode all seven winners on British Champions Day at Ascot in 1996.
The appearance by Dettori is another considerable string to Killarney’s racing bow given that this year’s Epson Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck and 2017 Derby champion Wings of Eagles both won at the Ross Road course which is a favourite venue for top trainer Aidan O’Brien.
The five-day Killarney July Racing Festival will commence on Monday next and other highlights will include the €50,000 Boyle Sports Grade B Handicap Chase, the Dawn €26,000 Milk Run Handicap Hurdle, The Laurels Handicap Hurdle, also worth €26,000 and the Tote Handicap Flat race valued at €27.000.
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