Hollie Doyle odds-on favourite to replace Frankie Dettori as John and Thady Gosden's retained rider

Irish Mirror   24/06/2022 10:56

Hollie Doyle has been named as favourite to replace Frankie Dettori as the next retained rider for John and Thady Gosden after the shock news on Thursday.

Dettori said he was left in the dark about the decision and has just one ride on Saturday at Newmarket after the shock news broke.

Dettori will be on the sidelines as the trainer has given James Doyle the job of scooping the £45,368 first prize. Robert Havlin teams up with Stowell, a horse Dettori regularly rides and finished sixth on in the Copper Horse Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.

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And Doyle is now bookmaker favourites to be the next retained rider after Betfair opened odds on the job.

Having partnered Nashwa to success in the Prix de Diane for the Gosdens on Sunday, Hollie Doyle has been installed as favourite at 4-11 ahead of James Doyle (no relation) and Colin Keane at 7-1.

“Off the back of reports that Frankie Dettori won’t be riding any of the Gosden runners in Newmarket, we have offered betting on who would replace him as stable jockey should the Calrehaven team wish to do so,” said Betfair spokesman Barry Orr.

“With John Gosden having spoken so effusively about Hollie Doyle and her considerable talent on more than one occasion, she is a red-hot favourite to land the plum job that would see her and her husband, Tom Marquand, become the first power couple of Newmarket.

“Irish champion Colin Keane is also an interesting proposition, but it could take a lot to lure him away from Ger Lyons.”

The news comes after a testing Royal Ascot meeting for the Gosdens and Dettori.

Dettori came in for pointed criticism from Gosden senior following his ride on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup, and in the next race when the Queen’s Saga failed by a head to catch Thesis in the Britannia Stakes.

While it is not unusual for Dettori to miss the midweek action, he was expected to pick up where he left off this weekend.

Dettori’s manager Peter Burrell told the PA news agency: “We’re in the dark and searching for answers like everybody else.”

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