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Frankie Dettori on top of world

By Frank Brownlow

Frankie Dettori goes into Newmarket's July Festival in the form of his life and with the praises of top trainer John Gosden ringing in his ears.

The 44-year-old Italian has won both the Epsom Derby and Eclipse Stakes on the Gosden-trained Golden Horn and was in sparkling form at Royal Ascot last month.

Dettori struggled for form after leaving Godolphin in October 2012 and worse was to follow when he was rocked by a six-month ban for a failed drugs test.

But Dettori has really hit the heights again this term and rides Mr Singh and Johnny Barnes for Gosden on Newmarket's July Festival opening day tomorrow.

Gosden said: "The ability is always there, but you need the horses. He was moving from one job to another where the horses weren't there.

"There's no point in driving a Formula 2 car in a Formula 1 race. You're not going to look too smart.

"Most people said 'Frankie's back' but he never went away - it's called opportunity."

The 2012 flat racing champion trainer is currently seventh in the 2015 standings, but does not feel that is an important title to aim for.

"I've never been quite into that, if it comes your way it comes your way, if it doesn't, it doesn't. You just accept that.

"You've got to run your horses where they belong - if they belong to run in France, Ireland or America to race, you don't keep them all for domestic prize money," he said.

"I find it quite fun because you can wind each other up but beyond that, it's not what it's about."

Jockeys Martin Dwyer and Connor Beasley were taken to hospital following a nasty incident in the opening race at Wolverhampton.

The Bryan Smart-trained Cumbrianna, ridden by Beasley, fell over two furlongs from home in the Wolverhampton Tips At Handicap, bringing down Dwyer on Sarah Hollinshead's Bilash.

Dwyer was stretchered off the track, but an air ambulance was called for Beasley which caused a delay to proceedings.

Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron said: "Both jockeys are conscious.

"Martin Dwyer was taken by road to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, he has an injury to his left forearm.

"Connor Beasley went by air ambulance to North Staffordshire in Stoke.

"He has a deep laceration to the left side of his neck caused by a kick."

Cumbrianna was put down following the incident.

Speaking from Pontefract, Smart said of the incident: "I just pray Connor's all right, more than anything.

"He's been air-lifted off. My assistant Kevin (Edmunds) has been on the phone and has kept me informed.

"I didn't see it as I was just arriving here. I understand they clipped heels."

Meanwhile, the E-Lites Top Novices Hurdle at the Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree has been upgraded to Grade One status by the British Horseracing Authority.

The move means 12 races at April's big meeting will now be Grade Ones.

The Pinsent Mason Mares Open Flat Race at Aintree has also been enhanced from Listed class to a Grade Two, as has the Oaksey Chase at Sandown in April and the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November.

Ruth Quinn of the BHA said: "We're really pleased to be able to upgrade the Top Novices Hurdle at Aintree. It's a race that has performed consistently well, attracting quality horses who have gone on to further success."

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