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DETTORI IN DEMAND; Gosden snaps up Frankie for Breeders' Cup duo.

FRANKIE DETTORI will replace Jimmy Fortune on Dar Re Mi i n Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, the filly's trainer John Gosden revealed yesterday.

Fortune was the fall guy in California 12 months ago when Dettori took over on Raven's Pass to land the $5million Classic.

And the Irishman, who landed the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks aboard Dar Re Mi for the Lloyd Webbers at York in August, is once again surplus to requirements.

"It was a very difficult decision, but Frankie knows the track like the back of his hand and was available," said Gosden, who has also booked the Italian for Pounced, who bids to give the trainer a second successive Juvenile Turf.

"Frankie is highly experienced riding here - he cut his teeth here, has ridden in 60-odd Breeders' Cup races and has had numerous winners, whereas Jimmy has no experience of American tracks."

Godolphin's Crime Scene went agonisingly close to gaining a first British-trained success in the Emirates Melbourne Cup in the early hours of yesterday morning, but gave best to local runner Shocking.

Crime Scene and Kerrin McEvoy led the field with two furlongs to run but couldn't fend off Corey Brown on the 9-1 chance, who scored by three-quarters of a length.

Former Gary Moore trained Mourilyan, prepared for his Melbourne Cup challenge by Herman Brown, came home third.

Crime Scene's trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "The blinkers he was wearing for the first time in a race made a difference, and the two miles suited him very well.

"For a second in the straight I thought he was going to win, but he was beaten by a better horse."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2009
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