Dettori To Concentrate On Gosden Stable

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has paid tribute to the role Al Shaqab Racing played in rejuvenating his career after announcing he will no longer be the owner's retained rider in Britain.

The 47-year-old initially took the job as main for Al Shaqab in June 2013 after splitting with long-term retained owner .

Dettori's relationship with Al Shaqab, the racing operation run by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, produced plenty of high-profile winners with Gold's victory in 2016 a particular highlight.

With the owner's string now largely based in France, Dettori feels it best to end their formal association with now supplying the bulk of his rides.

“I've had a great few years with Sheikh Joaan, it was a fundamental part of rejuvenating my career after my Godolphin split,” Dettori said.

“I had a lot of Group One winners for him with Olympic Glory, obviously Treve, then we had a Classic winner with Galileo Gold and Al Wukair last year. We've had tremendous success together.

“With the the focus being in France, I talked to Sheikh Joaan and said there were not enough horses to be retained in , but I'm happy to ride when I'm available.

“The bulk of my rides are for John Gosden at the present time, but I will ride for Al Shaqab in the future when I'm available.”

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