Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Anne M. Eberhardt

Dettori to Ride Camelot in Arc de Triomphe

Three-time Arc winner takes over on colt that just missed English Triple Crown sweep.

Three weeks after missing out on a rare English Triple Crown, Camelot will look to make amends in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 7 at Longchamp with a new rider, Frankie Dettori.

Dettori, a three-time Arc winner, replaces Joseph O'Brien on the colt trained by Aidan O'Brien, the jockey's father, for owners Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, and Michael Tabor. The presence of Camelot, whose undefeated record was ended in the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster Racecourse Sept. 15, adds much-needed quality to the field of Europe's most prestigious flat race.

Recent withdrawals include defending champion Danedream, leading English contender Nathaniel, and Snow Fairy.

Dettori, who will be racing in his 25th straight Arc, said Oct. 3 that ''a couple of high-profile horses haven't made the race, so he's right up there at the head of the betting.''

Danedream is unable to travel to Longchamp because her stables in Germany have been placed into quarantine after a serious outbreak of an equine infection.