Dettori back on Wednesday

  • Last Updated: January 17 2014, 17:11 GMT

Frankie Dettori is "mad keen" ahead of his comeback at Lingfield on Wednesday after three and a half months out through injury.

Frankie Dettori: Returns at Lingfield on Wednesday
Frankie Dettori: Returns at Lingfield on Wednesday

The Italian has been sidelined since early October when he suffered a fractured ankle in a fall going down to the start before a race at Nottingham.

The three-times champion jockey, the retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, has been booked to partner the Jeremy Noseda-trained Gone With The Wind in the Maiden Stakes over six furlongs on the Polytrack.

He will don the colours of Paul and Susan Roy, for whom he won the St Leger on Sixties Icon in 2006.

"I'm very excited about coming back after Nottingham. I'm going to have my first ride on Wednesday and then I'm flying to Dubai, where I've got a ride on Thursday," Dettori said.

"I rode Sixties Icon for the Roys to win the Leger. They are good friends, lovely people, good supporters of mine and let's hope I can bring them some luck on Wednesday.

"I've been off for over three and a half months and I'm mad keen to start again.

"The leg is good, all's good. It's only the middle of January, but slowly, slowly we'll start. I've got the year ahead of me and let's hope for a better year than last year."

Dettori's agent Ray Cochrane is hoping to get him more rides at Lingfield before the jockey flies out to ride at the Dubai Racing Carnival at Meydan.

He will be going there to partner Mshawish for Sheikh Joaan, who owns the brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve.

"It's early days. I've asked for a couple of others at Lingfield, so we'll see," said Cochrane.

"He's definitely back on Wednesday then he's going to Dubai to ride Mshawish for Mikel Delzangles.

"He's a nice horse. He was fourth in the St James's Palace and won a Listed race at Deauville."

Dettori's injury saw him miss out on the winning ride aboard Treve in Europe's premier middle-distance race at Longchamp four days later.

He feels it is far too early to be thinking about riding the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained champion, officially rated last year's joint-best horse in the world, and wants to concentrate solely on getting back in the saddle.

Dettori said: "It's only the middle of January, so let's take one step at a time. I'm only thinking of starting off and starting off well and getting my fitness to 100 per cent.

"I don't think we'll see Treve until the summer, so that's miles away from right now."

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