Dettori faces tough choice

Shutter Speed ridden by Frankie Dettori (right)

Frankie Dettori admits he is facing a 'difficult' decision when it comes to his mount in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3.

With John Gosden able to call on both Musidora Stakes winner Shutter Speed and returning Group One-placed filly So Mi Dar, the ever-popular Italian will have a tough choice to make.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned Shutter Speed was last seen finishing a close fourth in the Prix de Diane, while So Mi Dar is on the comeback trail having not run since her third to Speedy Boarding in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly in October.

Dettori said: "It's a very tough choice for me to make, with So Mi Dar in the picture as well. I've not ridden either of them for a while and I'll be putting my legs across them next week.

"It's a very hard choice, as both at their best are potentially top drawer. It's a nice problem, but also a very difficult one as well.

"So Mi Dar is a wonderful mare, she's had a troubled spring but is in full work now and it's all systems go."

Dettori takes week off

Dettori is set to sit out the action this week as he continues his recovery from a troublesome shoulder injury.

The rider was hurt in a paddock incident at Yarmouth on June 13 and ultimately had to admit defeat in his race to be fit for Royal Ascot, where he missed what would have been five winning rides, including Big Orange in the Gold Cup.

He returned to the saddle with two rides at Newmarket last Thursday and was in the headlines on Saturday when steering Enable to the English-Irish Oaks double last achieved by Snow Fairy in 2010.

Dettori rode in France on Sunday, but said: "I'm feeling good mentally, but I feel a bit stiff and tired today as I rode three races back to back yesterday. My arms are a little bit tired.

"I will be taking the rest of week off riding in races, but I will be riding out and carrying on my strengthening and physio.

"The reason is I want to be riding at (Glorious) Goodwood in every race. I can do three races at the moment and it is slowly improving every day. I did come back a little prematurely. Enable was a big carrot dangling and was my incentive.

"I had to grit my teeth and go through the pain barrier, but we got the job done."

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