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Frankie Dettori ‘gutted’ as he and John Gosden take ‘sabbatical’ after Ascot

The duo’s enduring partnership came under great strain after controversial defeats at Royal Ascot last week

Dettori and Gosden have taken a ‘sabbatical’

Frankie Dettori and John Gosden have agreed to take a “sabbatical”, it has been announced.

The pair were locked in talks on Friday amid fierce speculation that they were about to split.

Dettori’s manager Peter Burrell said that the jockey was “gutted” by the development.

In a statement, Gosden said: “Following speculation in the press, Frankie and I have amicably decided to take a sabbatical from the trainer-jockey relationship but we remain the closest of friends and colleagues.

“Frankie has been– and always will be – one of the family here so I wanted to meet face to face after he returned from his post-Ascot holiday.

“I do not intend to appoint a stable jockey at Clarehaven.”

Dettori, the most recognised jockey in the world, and Gosden, the respected grand master of the training profession, have celebrated success together at the highest level on many occasions.

But their enduring partnership came under great strain after controversial defeats at Royal Ascot last week.

Gosden publicly criticised Dettori when he was beaten on Stradivarius in the Ascot Gold Cup and also after his ride on the Queen’s colt Saga, who was narrowly beaten into second in the Britannia Handicap.

With Dettori out of the country visiting his father in Sardinia, Gosden admitted that he had not had a chance to speak to the 51-year-old since he rode at Royal Ascot – until yesterday.

Dettori endured a difficult Ascot
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Dettori is not riding Gosden’s three runners at Newmarket today – even though he is riding at the track. His success in recent years owes a considerable amount to Gosden.

In 2012 the jockey was struggling for rides, let alone winners, after his split with Godolphin.

His career had appeared to be over after a six-month ban for using drugs.

But Gosden had the foresight to give him a second chance.

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