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Saturday 26 May 2018

Dettori's still got a Veracious appetite

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori

Michael Stoute revealed Frankie Dettori will ride Veracious in the Qipco 1000 Guineas after the pair enjoyed a racecourse gallop prior to racing at Newmarket yesterday.

The daughter of Frankel could not have been more impressive when shedding her maiden tag at Newmarket in October.

With Dettori aboard, Veracious went seven furlongs with stablemate Homeopathic, ridden by Ryan Moore, and was driven out to pull well clear late on.

Stoute said: "Frankie was very happy with her. She's a nice filly. She won her maiden here well, and I think she has developed very pleasingly.

"We'll run her (in the Guineas) and Frankie will ride her. I did have her in the Nell Gwyn, but I thought that (racecourse gallop) would be more beneficial."

Dettori was suitably impressed, and said: "It was the first time I'd ridden her and she's fit and well. She gave me a decent feel and it's an open Guineas now."

Veracious is a general 10/1 shot for the 1000 Guineas on May 6, the same price as the Charlie Appleby-trained Wild Illusion, who also enjoyed a spin over the Rowley Mile in the hands of William Buick.

She worked over seven furlongs in company with stablemate and dual winner Night Castle, ridden by James Doyle, and passed the post over a length to the good without being asked a serious question.

Buick said: "She's good. We did very little, but the idea was to get her out of the yard and have a look. The ground was nice and this was a nice exercise for her."

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