The grand finale of the British flat season, a day when Champions are crowned. Britain’s richest day of racing. Yes, Champions Day is done and dusted for another year. It’s never going to be a Breeders Cup, is it? Our season isn’t just structured that way. However, I thought it produced some compelling action and worthy winners.
Frankie's not happy
There was only one downer on Champions Day and it was Frankie Dettori. Is it me or is Frankie becoming a grumpy old man? Last month he was having a go at Hollie Doyle. On Saturday he went for a young Irish jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle after the Long-Distance Cup.
Having looked at the race again I really don’t know what Frankie was complaining about. It was just a normal, tactical move. Why open the gap for someone who sits in 2nd last?
The truth is Frankie gave Stradivarius a moderate ride and he knows it. I don’t think he gave Palace Pier the best of rides in the QEII either and trainer John Gosden’s comments after the race indicated he didn’t either.
Dettori’s public bullying of a young jockey on national tv was unedifying for the sport. Especially considering the bullying allegations about the sport in the Sunday press. As ever the racing press keeps silent. We can’t criticise Frankie, can we? It would be nice if one racing journalist told Frankie you need to take responsibility for your own actions and not blame others. I won’t be holding my breath.
Inside today’s main piece you can read my thoughts on Champions Day. Plus, I have a selection from Pontefract.
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