Dettori booked for Guest raid
George Margarson's moved quickly to secure Frankie Dettori for Excellent Guest in the Betfair Summer Double International Stakes at Ascot.
Second in the Buckingham Palace Stakes and the Bunbury Cup last season, he filled the same spot in the Royal Hunt Cup this year and would certainly not be winning a big prize out of turn.
With regular pilot Tom Queally likely to be in action at Newmarket, Margarson wasted no time in moving for the Italian to take the reins.
"He was due to run last week in the Bunbury Cup and it broke my heart having to take him out, especially as I used to train the winner (Bonnie Brae)," said Margarson.
"His main objective is the Betfred Mile at Goodwood and given that we've got two weeks nearly to get him ready for that after this, it wasn't a difficult decision to take him out.
"If he wins he'll get a 3lb penalty and he could cope with that.
"He deserves one, he's been second in three massive handicaps.
"We'd aimed him for over a year at the Hunt cup after he was second in the Buckingham Palace and to be beaten half a length was hard to take.
"This looks like being a tougher race than last week as there'll be a full field and you've no idea about the draw.
"It looks like Tom will have to go to Newmarket so I've booked Frankie, which is hardly a negative.
"I haven't decided if I'll run Imperial Guest. He needs a penalty to make sure he gets in the Stewards' Cup so he may run on Friday instead
(Cushman & Wakefield Handicap) as that will be a smaller field."