‘Fingers crossed we got all the bad luck out of the way at Epsom’: Frankie Dettori hopes Emily Upjohn will get the rub of the green on Saturday during the King George after slipping and losing ground at Epsom last month
- Frankie Dettori saddles Emily Upjohn for John and Thady Gosden at Ascot
- The filly lost crucial ground after slipping at the start of the Oaks at Epsom
- Travel disruption then meant the horse could not run last weekend in the Irish Oaks
- The jockey, writing on his blog, says he hopes all of the bad luck is behind them
Frankie Dettori is hoping Emily Upjohn has used up her bad luck for the season when she lines up in Saturday’s £1.25million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot.
The filly, trained by John and Thady Gosden, lost crucial ground after slipping at the start of the Oaks at Epsom when a short-head second to Tuesday and then her intended run in last Saturday’s Irish Oaks had to be shelved when travel plans were disrupted.
Emily Upjohn, a 5-2 shot, has been re-routed to Ascot where she receives 3lb from Irish Derby winner and 6-4 favourite Westover and 14lb from her older opponents headed by 2021 Arc winner Torquator Tasso.
Emily Upjohn (L) slipped and lost ground in the Oaks which ensured it lost to Tuesday, ridden by Ryan Moore
John Gosden, the horse’s joint-trainer, will be hoping for better luck and a better rid on Saturday at Ascot
Dettori, writing on his Sporting Index blog, said: ‘Epsom was a nightmare but that’s racing. Just when you think you’ve got everything covered something like that happens.
‘We get a massive pull in the weights, which is a big help. Barring any accidents I’m hoping for a big performance.
‘Fingers crossed we got all the bad luck out of the way at Epsom.’