Frankie Dettori has opted to sit out next week's Ebor Festival at York after choosing to ride in France this weekend.
The three-time Champion Jockey had been booked by trainer John Gosden to ride French Derby hero Mishriff in Saturday's Group Two Prix Guillaume D'Ornano at Deauville before jumping in the plate for the unbeaten Palace Pier in the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois the following day.
However, those rides were called into question following the government's announcement on Thursday night that France has been added to the UK's quarantine list, taking effect from 4am on Saturday, due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
That means anyone travelling back from France after that time will have to self-isolate for 14 days, but Gosden has confirmed, despite those measures being put into place, Dettori has still opted to race over the weekend, which rules him out of the upcoming Ebor Festival.
Gosden told the PA news agency: "Frankie will be riding in France - that is the intention, absolutely.
"It will mean he will miss York. These plans have been in place for a while - for Palace Pier since the St James's Palace and for Mishriff since the Prix du Jockey Club.
"He (Dettori) would prefer to ride this weekend. It is far from ideal to miss York, but these are strange times that we live in."
Dettori had been booked for a number of high-profile rides at York, most notably Lord North in Wednesday's Juddmonte International, but Gosden is hopeful that James Doyle will be able to step into the void left by the Italian.
"I'm hoping James Doyle will be available," Gosden added.
Article Posted on Friday 14th August 2020 @ 14.59
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