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Frankie Dettori Back Next Week

Thursday, 16th January 2014

High-profile hoop Frankie Dettori returned to the saddle for the first time in more than three months on Tuesday and revealed that he could be back racing competitively as early as next week, reports racingpost.com. The former Godolphin protagonist, who broke his ankle in a fall just four days before he was due to ride Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, received the all-clear following a scan on Monday and immediately put his fitness to the test when riding for Jeremy Noseda at Newmarket. The three-time champion jockey is now looking forward to resuming his duties as retained rider to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani. In addition to Treve, who he partnered to success in the Gr1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp before her brilliant Arc victory, Dettori can look forward to renewing his acquaintance with other stars such as the Richard Hannon-trained Gr1 winner Olympic Glory. Dettori said on Tuesday: "It's all positive as regards returning to the saddle as the scan was clear when I had it yesterday and I was back riding out for Jeremy this morning. Thankfully, it went well and I didn't feel a twinge or anything from the ankle, which is the same one that I broke in my plane crash 14 years ago but on the other side." Rather than resume riding in Qatar or Dubai, Dettori revealed he wants to build-up his fitness closer to home. "If all goes well I would be looking to return to race-riding on the all-weather here towards the end of next week," he said. "My aim is to get going again here, but I am due to go to the King's Cup meeting in Saudi Arabia next month. After that, if Sheikh Joaan wants me to pop over to Dubai or Qatar to ride one I will, but I will be mainly based in Britain for the rest of the winter."

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