x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Dettori aboard pair of fillies at Breeders' Cup

Jockey will ride for Godolphin and Hibaayeb and Sara Louise are the first two of eight entries over the race weekend.

The Godolphin horse Delegator, left, will run this weekend in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The Godolphin horse Delegator, left, will run this weekend in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Frankie Dettori will be Godolphin's ladies man today at the Breeders' Cup.

The Italian jockey will be aboard Hibaayeb in the Filly and Mare Turf, then will ride Sara Louise in the Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Godolphin has eight entries in the two-day Breeders' Cup.

Dettori rode Hibaayeb to a Royal Ascot win in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes in June. He was also aboard when she won her US debut at Hollywood Park on October 2 at the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

Dettori, the Dubai-based racing operation's No 1 jockey, has ridden the three-year-old Hibaayeb in five of her 11 starts.

Hibaayeb came to Kentucky from California under the supervision of Godolphin's Jo Hunnam.

The daughter of Singspiel, Hibaayeb is trained by Saeed bin Suroor and would appreciate similar ground conditions at Churchill Downs for the 11- furlong race.

"Hibaayeb is in good form," Hunnam said. "She has done a nine-furlong canter on the dirt for the last two days.

"She seems ever better than she was when she left England. She revels in fast ground."

Dettori, who has ridden 99 Group/Grade 1 winners for his retained team, will also team up with Sara Louise, who is being aimed at the dirt Grade 1 Filly and Mare Sprint for a second successive year. The four-year-old Malibu Moon filly, who is also trained by bin Suroor, was fourth in the seven-furlong contest last season, when it was run on Pro-Ride at Santa Anita.

Sara Louise has been exercised on the dirt at Churchill Downs along with other Godolphin horses after arriving at the course from New York. "They trotted for a mile and cantered for a mile and a quarter," said Rick Mettee, the assistant trainer to bin Suroor in America.

"They all went especially well and seem to be going the right way."

Breeders' Cup

Godolphin horses at Churchill Downs

Hibaayeb Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Sara Louise Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Etched Breeders’ Cup Classic
Girolamo Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Gayego Breeders’ Cup Direct Mile
Vineyard Haven Breeders’ Cup Direct Mile
Biondetti Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Delegator TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile