Frankie Dettori is no stranger to the big stage but admits he is feeling “nervous” and “excited” ahead of Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes with Enable (8/13 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes).
The 48-year-old heads to Ascot in a good vein of form, having won five of his last eight outings, and he is hoping to extend that record on Saturday.
He returns to the saddle with Enable this weekend and is heavily fancied to hold off a challenge from the likes of Crystal Ocean (11/4 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes) and Anthony Van Dyck (8/1 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes).
Enable has won all 10 of her races when partnered with Dettori, a run which stretches back to May 2017, and looks a shoo-in to continue that trend.
The expectation appears to be weighing heavily on Dettori as the eyes of the racing world will be firmly focused on his exploits.
Dettori said: “Everybody’s turned up [for Saturday’s race] and when you’re in these big races, you’ve got to compete with the best. We’re ready for the challenge and I’d like to tell you that I’m not nervous, but of course I’m nervous.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m carrying the hopes of the nation and theoretically she’s one of the best horses in the world, so I just want everything to go well.
“She was good [in the Eclipse] and we know what she’s capable of, so I wasn’t surprised [by her win]. She’s had a better preparation than last year, no hiccups.”