Frankie Dettori says Private Secretary will head to Ascot for the King Edward VII Stakes after winning at Goodwood. The three-year-old proved too strong for his six rivals in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday, his third successive win, to further boost claims for a spot in the Epsom Classic a week on Saturday.
Dettori has already been informed by trainer John Gosden that he won’t be required at Epsom, he said: “John’s told me that I can look elsewhere.” But the veteran jockey was still full of praise for Private Secretary and confirmed a trip to Ascot on June 21 was on the cards.
“He loved the ground and he’s maturing,” Dettori said. “I had a bad draw so I had to sit last and I was further out of my ground than I wanted to be, but he showed a good turn of foot and won really well in the end. “He will be a good King Edward VII horse in three weeks’ time, a mile-and-a-half will be ideal for him and I think he will be better on a track like Ascot.”