Frankie Dettori’s nightmare season concluded with a bang literally yesterday as he was thrown off on the way to the start sustaining a broken ankle.
Slightly bizarrely the screens were erected around the little Italian as though the great man was about to pay the ultimate price. Could it be someone had not enjoyed a meal at his wonderful Italian restaurant or was it a crazed fan still angry at him packing in being Captain at A Question of Sport!
Thankfully it was neither it’s just procedure as they say but a sprained ankle means we have seen the last of Frankie for a while. He has ridden poorly at times this year there’s no getting away from it however the game is a lot poorer without him so lets hope he is back firing on all cylinders next March.
The real story has been off the track of course as Big Mac with the Booby in tow has arrived at the High Court every day to pursue his Tribunal case for getting the Spanish Archer from Channel 4 Racing for being too old. The case must be uncomfortable viewing for the current team producing it as it has been revealed the extent of the slump in ratings since the old guard were dumped. Tanya Stevenson aka The Female who replaced Big Mac as betting expert lacks any presence and for me the coverage has not got over losing Big Mac who whatever else he was made the Betting Ring come alive.
I have had the misfortune of being in his company several times over the years and he is as mad as a field full of March Hares but along with Thommo and the Catt made Racing enjoyable for many. Aside from the excellent Nick Luck the new team seemed to be struggling and whatever happens in court the pressure is on because ratings are God in TV land.
At Stableline Gold we ended the month right up there in the BetFan Table and we have begun October in style. We have The Arc de Triomphe meeting in Paris on Friday and Saturday which will offer us plenty of opportunities to push on. Then the jumps really move into gear and so do we. No age discrimination here we just want the Bookies money!
Have a great week.