Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Frankie Dettori fired up for return at Lingfield

Raring to go: Frankie Dettori is back after long lay-off

FRANKIE Dettori cannot wait to get back in the saddle at Lingfield today.

The three-times champion jockey has three booked rides at the Surrey track as he makes his comeback after being sidelined since early October when he suffered a fractured ankle in a fall going down to the start before a race at Nottingham.

Dettori said: "I've had three and a half months off and I'm ready to start. I'm looking forward to it. The weather is a bit chilly for me, but you've got to start somewhere.

"I'll be glad to get out of the house. My wife gives me lots of jobs to do so the best way out is to go racing.

"My ankle has healed much, much quicker than myself and my surgeon thought.

"I'm in good shape and I'm ready to go. I've been on the treadmill and I've been swimming. I've been riding out as well, but there's nothing like racing."

Dettori's injury saw him miss out on the winning ride aboard Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.

Meanwhile, Moss Street is napped to take the two and a half mile handicap hurdle for local pair Paul Carberry and Gordon Elliott at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

Despite being just a few weeks shy of his 40th birthday, Carberry has been riding as brilliantly as ever since returning from injury in November.

Last week's superlative Kinloch Brae triumph on Texas Jack is the pick of the 12 winners he has ridden in that time, and Moss Street has a serious chance of adding to his tally now.

As a maiden with 13 defeats to his name over flights, the four-year-old hardly jumps off the page as nap material.

However, to date he has done all his racing over two miles and has often simply looked one-paced, as was the case when third behind Plinth and Ivan Grozny at Leopardstown last month.

Ivan Grozny's rout at Naas on Saturday sees that form takes on an even brighter hue, with Moss Street's handicap mark of 109 perfectly reasonable. On his first stab at two and a half miles, then, he ought to take some stopping for Carberry with just 10st 11lb.

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