Today on Sky Sports Racing: Frankie Dettori makes rare trip to Newcastle to ride Francesco Clemente for Team Gosden | Race News

Frankie Dettori makes a rare trip to Newcastle on Friday to mount an exciting prospect for John and Thady Gosden, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The 51-year-old prepares for the Guineas weekend by heading north to Gosforth Park, once again joining the impressive opening winner Francesco Clement in the Novice Stakes (5.35).

Dettori has only made three races for Newcastle in the past five years, winning one.

Francesco Clemente, the first colt bred by Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm from their 1.2 million guineas Justlookdontouch purchase, had a patient start to his career and made a strong debut in the Wood Ditton Stakes.

He now moves to a mile and a quarter and is expected to follow as the only previous winner in the eight-rider field.

by Roger Varian sound power could prove the main danger after a promising start to his career when he was third over a mile at Kempton in December.

Francesco Clemente on his way to victory at Newmarket under Dettori

Dettori has three rides in the day, including the double winner of Newmarket peter the great in the Official After Party at Aveika Handicap (6.10).

The four-year-old Gosdens’ bids to bounce back from a disappointing sixth in the seasonal reappearance at Pontefract earlier this month and face ghost rider from the thrilling yard of James Horton, which operates at an impressive 33% strike rate after winning four of its first 12 races.

Peter The Great (right) won the Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes at Newmarket last year
Peter The Great (right) won the Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes at Newmarket last year

In France, there are two group three contests on an action-packed card in Saint-Cloud.

Coach Ed Walker dispatches Listed winner Kawidawhich holds an Oaks entrance, for the Cleopatra Stakes (1.50)with Stéphane Pasquier booked to ride.

After finishing second in her first two starts as a two-year-old last season, Sir Percy’s daughter took to the skies at Haydock before moving on to the Montrose Fillies’ Stakes in October.

Watch all the races from Newcastle, St. Cloud and Wolverhampton live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 29 April.

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