Jet-Setter: Dettori To Ride Defending Champ Almandin In Bid To Win First Melbourne Cup

Jockey Frankie Dettori has accumulated thousands of frequent flyer miles over the past week as a result of his competing in the top races around the globe.

On Friday and Saturday, Dettori was in San Diego to ride in the Breeders’ Cup. Immediately after his last ride on Saturday (a fifth-place finish aboard defending champ Queen’s Trust in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf), he boarded a plane for Australia in order to ride in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

Dettori will be aboard defending Melbourne Cup champion, Almandin, in this year’s edition. As Racing.com reports, Tuesday’s race will be Dettori’s 16th attempt at winning the race, one of the few major races in the world that Dettori has yet to win.

“We’ve taken some decent horses here before but for some reason or another they didn’t travel well or they hurt themselves,” Dettori explained. “But he hasn’t had to travel very far and he’s been trained for this race, so fingers crossed.

“He’s won it before, he stays the two miles we know that. It looks a wide-open Melbourne Cup but I wouldn’t swap it (his Cup mount).”

Dettori has finished second twice in the race, with Central Park in 1999 and on Max Dynamite in 2015.

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