Dettori relishing Big ride

Frankie Dettori is looking forward to being reunited with Big Orange

Frankie Dettori is eagerly looking forward to getting back on board Big Orange in Tuesday's Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Michael Bell's stayer has won the race for the previous two seasons but this year it is being run as a Group One for the first time.

Big Orange was one of a handful of winners Dettori missed at Royal Ascot through injury and he must have felt a pang of regret at seeing James Doyle partner him to a popular victory in the Gold Cup.

"I can't wait to ride Big Orange. He's everybody's favourite. After all, he's won two Goodwood Cups," Dettori said in his Ladbrokes blog.

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"The key with him is the weather. He needs dry weather. I really hope we don't get those summer showers to spoil it.

"Apart from that, he is a horse who wears his heart on his sleeve and tries like hell."

Big Orange is one of 18 remaining possibles, with fellow Royal Ascot winners Stradivarius and Oriental Fox also in the mix.

Cesarewitch winner Sweet Selection, Northumberland Plate hero Higher Power and the consistent Sheikhzayedroad are others in contention.

Dal Harraild, Pallasator, Prince Of Arran, Us Army Ranger and last year's Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave are others of interest.

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