Legendary Jockey Frankie Dettori is poised to make his Killarney races debut next Wednesday where the jockey will be the star attraction at five-day July festival, which kicks off on Monday.
Killarney Races confirmed the news on their Facebook page saying “We are delighted to announce that we will welcome weighroom superstar, Frankie Dettori, to Killarney Racecourse on Wednesday 17th July! 🤩🏇🏆
Having played host to a number of Epsom Derby winners of late, namely Anthony Van Dyck and Wings Of Eagles, we are ecstatic to be welcoming a former two-time Epsom Derby winner to our beautiful track!”
Dettori, who racked up a remarkable seven Group 1s in 38 days between the Oaks and Sunday’s Prix Jean Prat, has ridden in County Kerry in the past and scored on the John Oxx-trained Allotrope at the now defunct Tralee racecourse in 1998.
Dettori’s agent Ray Cochrane, said: “The trip to Killarney has been the pipeline for a while. Frankie has been asked to go to Killarney a few times in the past but it wasn’t possible for one reason or another, but it’s definitely on this time and we’re hoping to get him three or four rides. I’m sure there will be trainers keen to put him up and we’ll know more after the entries come out on Thursday.”
Philip O’Brien, manager of Killarney, said: “We are absolutely thrilled about Frankie coming to ride. He is a household name who transcends the confines of racing and we are delighted that racegoers here will get the chance to see such a racing legend in the flesh.
“His visit will definitely be the highlight of our July festival and we are all looking forward to a few of his flying dismounts!”
Don’t miss your chance to see one of the superstars of racing in action – Book your tickets today at www.killarneyraces.ie