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Dettori Excited About Olympic Glory

Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Meanwhile, Frankie Dettori is looking forward to partnering Olympic Glory (Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes (8 furlongs) at Newbury on Saturday, report attheraces.com. Last year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner, who ended his season with an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Mile, is one of three horses from the Richard Hannon stable entered for the race. Hannon has also left in Al Shaqab Racing-owned stable-mate Toronado, as well as Montiridge, but it seems likely that the 4YO son of Australian sire Choisir will be his sole representative. Olympic Glory will be ridden by Dettori in his role as number one jockey to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani. "It is a big week, now is when it all starts. I rode Olympic Glory this morning [Monday] at Kempton and he went well. He is an older horse and sometimes a change of scenery does them good," Dettori said. "It is a good race for him to start and let's hope he can have another good season." Toronado has not run since finishing last of six behind Declaration Of War in the Juddmonte International at York, having previously won the Gr1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Hannon said: "We've left all three of ours in, but the plan at this stage is to run Olympic Glory and possibly Montiridge. Olympic Glory is really well, the ground is perfect for him and he's ready to roll. In fact, he won't mind if there's more rain about." He added, "As for Montiridge, he's probably 50-50 at the moment but is also in good form and could well take his chance."

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