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Fracture ends Frankie Dettori's season

By Martin Kelly

Frankie Dettori has been ruled out for the season after he fractured his right ankle at Nottingham yesterday, the jockey's business manager Peter Burrell has revealed.

The Italian jockey was unshipped from Eland Ally prior to the Handicap and was stood down for the rest of the day.

Although an initial on-course check suggested he had suffered only soft-tissue damage, X-rays subsequently revealed a break.

Dettori was to partner leading Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fancy Treve at Longchamp on Sunday.

Burrell said: "It's bad news, not good news. He went to Cambridge Hospital and X-rays found he had suffered a fractured ankle.

"He was extremely disappointed on the phone and did not want to discuss it much more than that.

"It's an extremely painful injury. Sunday is out – as is the season."

The unbeaten Treve will now be ridden by Thierry Jarnet, who rode the filly to victory on her first three races before she was sold to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek said: "I have spoken to Frankie and to Sheikh Joaan, who has agreed that Thierry Jarnet will ride Treve on Sunday.

"He knows the filly very well and won the Prix de Diane (French Oaks at Chantilly) on her in June.

"It is bad luck for Frankie, but that is life in racing."

Meanwhile, James Fanshawe's well-renowned sprinter Society Rock has run his last race.

It was announced at the weekend the dual Group One-winner would be standing at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland in 2014 but Fanshawe had hoped to get the sprinter to Ascot for Champions Day.

Society Rock was last seen finishing second in the July Cup.

But the horse suffered a fall when being prepared for the Sprint Cup, which left him with concussion.

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