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Frankie Dettori's Royal appointment

By Frank Brownlow

Frankie Dettori will attempt to follow up his Derby success on Golden Horn with Royal Ascot glory after being booked to ride Consort in the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday.

Dettori is very much a man on the up and up, and the 44-year-old will be popular with punters at next week's Royal meeting.

"With Ryan (Moore) on Gleneagles Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Consort in the St James Palace," Consort's owners Highclere tweeted.

The five-day meeting opens on Tuesday, with good ground the aim of Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels.

Conditions yesterday were described as good, good to firm in places but with mainly dry conditions forecast for the next week or so, further watering is planned.

"We are a mixture of good and good to firm," said Stickels.

"We are expecting some thundery showers into Friday, and then from Saturday onwards it looks as though it's going to be mainly dry and set fair, certainly to the middle of the week.

"Mainly good ground is what we'd be aiming for to start the meeting if we've got a dry week forecast.

"It would be nice to start the meeting at good, then we'd be happy to let it dry out to good to firm and we'd like to hold it there through until Friday.

"We'll have to see what happens, but we have to monitor weather conditions and the forecast as the week goes on.

"The temperatures are set to warm up over the next few days, but next week they will be around 19C."

Golden Horn, meanwhile, could bid to become the 13th colt to do the Derby and King George double after John Gosden's three-year-old was among the 31 entered for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Success Days will miss the Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 27 after suffering a stress fracture to his near fore during the British equivalent at Epsom where he finished last of the 12 runners.

"He pulled up sore after the Derby and he was treated on course," his trainer Ken Condon said.

"Nothing showed up on the x-ray on course but that can happen as it takes time for a fracture like that to show up. We'll give him some box rest now and he'll be back in the autumn.

"He's a seriously good colt when he gets his ground."

Qipco has committed itself to British racing until at least 2024 with a multi-million pound deal which will eventually see Champions Day at Ascot in October go from a £4m to a £5m raceday.

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