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Jockey Dettori to miss season after breaking ankle

The ageing veteran was due to ride in the Prix de l'Arce de Triomphe meeting on Sunday.

An unhappy looking Frankie Dettori does not have age on his side. Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images
An unhappy looking Frankie Dettori does not have age on his side. Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

LONDON // Veteran jockey Frankie Dettori will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle, his spokesman has confirmed.

Dettori, who had been due to ride the favourite Treve in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, was unseated from his horse Eland Ally on the way to the start of a race in Nottingham.

“Sunday is out – as is the season,” spokesman Peter Burrell was quoted as saying by the BBC.

One of the biggest names in the sport, British-based Italian Dettori ended a six-month ban for doping in May.

The unbeaten Treve will now be ridden by Thierry Jarnet, who rode the filly to victory on her first three races before she was sold to Dettori’s new boss, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek told Press Association Sport: “I have just spoken to Frankie and I have just spoken to Sheikh Joaan, who has agreed that Thierry Jarnet will ride Treve on Sunday.

“He knows the filly very well and won the Prix de Diane [French Oaks at Chantilly] on her in June.

“It is bad luck for Frankie, but that is life in racing.”