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Dettori out at Royal Ascot with arm injury

Check back later for Bob Kieckhefer’s recap of the first day of Royal Ascot, coverage presented by Fasig-Tipton – home of the “Turf Showcase” yearling auction Sept. 10.

From Royal Ascot comes the news that jockey Frankie Dettori won’t be riding the meet because

John Velazquez picks up Royal Ascot mounts because Frankie Dettori has a persistent arm injury.
John Velazquez will pick up today’s Royal Ascot amount on American Patriot for main client Todd Pletcher, for whom he won the Kentucky Derby aboard Always Dreaming. Coady Photography

of an arm injury sustained last week. Jockey changes are below, among the most prominent being that American Hall of Famer John Velazquez picks up the mount on American Patriot for his main trainer, Todd Pletcher, and Lady Aurelia and Nootka Sound for Wesley Ward. American Patriot’s regular rider in the U.S. was Javier Castellano, including winning Keeneland’s Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile.

“For me that’s soul destroying as it’s the most important week of the year” — Frankie Dettori, to Racing Post, on missing Royal Ascot.

Early going news, non-runners & jockey changes
 
The going for the first day of Royal Ascot 2017, Tuesday, June 20, is:
Good to Firm, Good in places (watered)
GoingStick readings at 8.00am today: Standside: 8.6; Centre:8.3; Far Side: 8.5, Round: 7.7
Stalls: Straight Course: Centre; Round Course: Inside
The running rail on the round course is positioned three yards out from its innermost position from approximately nine furlongs out to the Home Straight. This rail will remain in place until Friday.
Consequent changes in race distances for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are:
Old Mile (St James’s Palace Stakes): An increase of five yards.
1m 2f, 1m 4f & 2m 4f Starts: An increase of 11 yards.
Conditions have been dry for the past 12 days. It is a generally dry and warm forecast, with high pressure dominating. There is a risk of possible showers from Thursday
There was watering on the round course on Sunday night. The straight course was watered on Mondaymorning, finishing at 1.00pm. Watering may take place after racing today depending on track condition and forecast.
Non-Runners today
3.40pm King’s Stand Stakes
10 ORNATE (Vet’s Certificate, Lame)
 
5.00pm Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
17 GAVLAR (Self Certificate, Going)
 
5.35pm Windsor Castle Stakes
4 BLACK ORANGE (Self Certificate, Other)
 
Non-Runners tomorrow
3.40pm Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
3 ABSOLUTE BLAST (IRE) (Self Certificate, Knocked Joint)
 
4.20pm Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
8 NEZWAAH (Self Certificate, Blood Analysis Not Normal)
 
Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot 2017
Frankie Dettori, the most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 56 winners, is set to miss this year’s meeting due to a persistent arm injury sustained at Yarmouth last week.
Dettori told the Racing Post this morning: “I’ve been trying so hard to get fit for today but had to accept this morning it wasn’t going to happen.
“I’ve got to have physio and get it properly looked after so won’t be at Ascot this week. For me that’s soul destroying as it’s the most important week of the year.
“I’ll be counting down the days until next year.”
Jockey Changes
Due to Frankie Dettori’s injury, there are the following jockey changes today:
2.30pm – Queen Anne Stakes
1 AMERICAN PATRIOT (USA) – now ridden by JOHN VELAZQUEZ
 
3.05pm – Coventry Stakes
7 DENAAR (IRE) – now ridden by PAT SMULLEN
3.40pm – King’s Stand Stakes
18 LADY AURELIA (USA) – now ridden by JOHN VELAZQUEZ
5.35pm – Windsor Castle Stakes
22 ELIZABETH DARCY (USA) – now ridden by EDGAR PRADO
 
24 NOOTKA SOUND (USA) now ridden by JOHN VELAZQUEZ
 
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