Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori has to wait until next year to perform at the Listowel Harvest Festival after a heavy suspension ruled him out from riding the famous Kerry track later this month.
he visit of Dettori on Tuesday September 20 (the third day of the Festival) caused quite a stir, but the iconic Italian rider has to delay his trip by 12 months due to the 14-day ban he received for abuse whipping aboard the Torquator Tasso in Baden-Baden last Sunday.
The suspension sees the 51-year-old sidelined from September 18 until October 1 and although the Listowel Race Committee are disappointed by the news, they insist Dettori has promised to “grace us with his presence. at the 2023 Harvest Festival.
Dettori will be back in the saddle on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day on October 2 and will maintain his partnership with Marcel Weiss’ reigning champion Torquator Tasso despite being narrowly edged out in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sheila Lavery looks set to deflect the Irish Champions weekend with stable star New Energy set to leave for Doncaster today to face a Group Two on England’s St Leger card.
The stable Lavery star was second best after Native Trail in the Irish 2000 Guineas in May before two subsequent Group 1 appearances where the New Bay colt failed to land a knock, most recently in the Prix Jean Prat de Deauville over seven stages.
Leopardstown’s Group 2 Boomerang Mile on Saturday was also on New Energy’s radar, but the Meath trainer opted for the Doncaster Park Stakes on the same day instead and she expects a good performance.
“I’ve left him in the Boomerang in case anything happens, but my preference is the Doncaster race and he’s due to travel on Thursday. We are really happy with him, I think he is in a very good position,” the Meath coach said.
It has been two months since New Energy last raced and Lavery expects a better performance, especially with a cut in the ground.
“I feel like it’s benefited him a lot, we’re very happy with his condition and his behavior – he’s doing well,” she said of the break. “As long as it’s not fast, he’ll go on any ground, but not firm. As long as the ground is not solid, I don’t think it will be a problem for him.
Elsewhere, Haydock Sprint Cup winner Minzaal was withdrawn through injury after Owen Burrows’ four-year-old son suffered a broken slab in that Group 1 victory last Saturday.