Jockey Frankie Dettori is aiming to reach the 3,000-win milestone at Glorious Goodwood at the end of July. Despite the Italian possibly reaching the landmark before the Qatar Sussex Stakes on the 27th July, Dettori believes that it would be fitting to earn such an achievement at Goodwood, which holds fond memories for the much lauded sportsmen. This year’s festival is set to be worth a total of £4.9million, with Dettori mounting Hugo Palmer-trained 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Galileo Gold in the Group One Sussex Stakes. After success in the recent Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on Golden Steps, the 45-year-old Italian needs just ten more victories to reach the 3,000 mark. Dettori achieved his first ever win on UK soil back in 1987 at the Sussex circuit, with the apprentice rider successful on Lizzie Hare.
Galileo Gold Trainer Palmer is seemingly confident of further success for his prized asset, with the three-year-old having seen off the threat of closest rival The Gurkha in the recent St James’ Stakes at Royal Ascot. Despite Palmer failing to see any reversal of such a result, rival trainer Aidan O’Brien is also quietly confident of achieving success with The Gurkha. Bookmakers Coral currently offer Galileo Gold as the favourite for the Sussex Stakes with odds of 7/4, while Galileo Gold is the second favourite at 9/4. With little to choose between the duo, it is worth keeping up to date with the latest news from Coral, with conditions at Goodwood set to play a key part in the outcome of major races.
Dettori is the sixth most successful British-based Flat jockey, however needs another 122 victories in order to reach the landmark set by Doug Smith in fifth position. The Italian claimed six winners at Glorious Goodwood in 2015, and is expected to compete in the Richmond Stakes and King George Stakes on Mehmas and Magical Memory respectively. Coral offer Magical Memory as an outsider in the horse racing betting odds, with the Charles Hills trained horse at 8/1 currently.
Elsewhere at Goodwood, the possibility of a return for Hayley Turner, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is likely to further enhance the excitement among race goers. Britain’s most successful female jockey is coming out of retirement to take part in the Shergar Cup at Ascot next month, and could well pick up a ride at Goodwood.