Jockey Frankie Dettori has extra motivation to ride Big Orange to a historic third consecutive Goodwood Cup victory tomorrow, says the hot favourite’s trainer Michael Bell.
An injured Dettori could only watch as his last-minute replacement James Doyle piloted the superstar of flat racing to a stirring Gold Cup triumph at Royal Ascot last month.
But the evergreen Italian, 46, is back in the saddle and buoyed by a high-profile success with Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
“Frankie is a showman who lives for the big occasion and he missed out big time at Royal Ascot,” said Bell. “He will want to be doing his flying dismount.”
Big Orange can become the first horse to win the Goodwood Cup three years in a row if he wins the race, which has been upgraded to Group One status for the first time.
He had been tipped to face a rematch with Order Of St George, who ran him close at Royal Ascot, only for that prospect to fade earlier this month – to Bell’s disappointment.
“Winning the Gold Cup was personally hugely satisfying. It’s the feature of Royal Ascot and to win it after such an epic battle with Order Of St George was deeply rewarding,” he added.
“The horse doesn’t know who he’s running against and Order Of St George not running obviously makes his task easier as we only just beat him at Ascot. From a personal point of view, I was really looking forward to taking him on again as it would have been a great horse race.”