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Frankie Dettori tips Golden Horn for glittering horse racing future

By Frank Brownlow

Published 19/08/2015

Go for gold: Frankie Dettori after Derby success on Golden Horn
Go for gold: Frankie Dettori after Derby success on Golden Horn

Frankie Dettori is sure that the brilliant Golden Horn can get even better.

Derby winner Golden Horn could face Gleneagles in the showdown of the season in the Juddmonte International at York - if the ground is suitable.

More rain could rule out Gleneagles, as trainer Aidan O'Brien admitted: "Things are up in the air. The ground is obviously not the way we would like it for Gleneagles. We'll wait and see."

O'Brien's son Joseph is due to ride Gleneagles.

"Joseph will be riding in two races early on the card and it's possible we might wait to see what he says," explained O'Brien.

But Dettori has no doubts about unbeaten Golden Horn.

"I still think he is improving," said the Italian.

"The horse is in good shape and has won at York before.

"It's a great line-up. It's an absolute cracker, possibly the race of the year.

"You've got all the best horses racing each other. York is very slick, very flat. You need a horse with pace and gears.

"If you've got any chinks in your armour, you'll be found out.

"The races are won with the revs up and at a high tempo. Golden Horn will have to be at his best."

Dettori has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance this summer, and highlighted his Derby success at Epsom in June as a defining moment.

"This year was the best thrill I have ever had in all my career," he said.

"If I could pick one single race in my life, it would be the Epsom Derby this year.

"Why? I didn't think I would get another chance to ride a horse like this.

"For the past three years, I didn't ride in the Derby. There was my split with Godolphin. Now I was back.

"That moment passing the line, I can't describe it. I keep playing it back. It will never leave me."

In the preceding race to the the £1million showpiece - the Great Voltigeur Stakes - Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave rides favourite Storm The Stars.

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