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John Gosden announces 'sabbatical from the trainer-jockey relationship' with Frankie Dettori



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John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have 'amicably decided to take a sabbatical from the trainer-jockey relationship'.

Doubts over the pair's partnership – which has enjoyed many memorable days with the likes of Stradivarius, Enable and Golden Horn – emerged yesterday following confirmation that Dettori had not been booked to ride either of the Gosden horses at Newmarket on Saturday.

Dettori was said to be 'in the dark' about the situation, which arose after Gosden had been critical of the Italian's tactics in numerous races at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have agreed to take a sabbatical. Picture: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have agreed to take a sabbatical. Picture: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post

But now Gosden, who trains out of Clarehaven Stables alongside his son Thady, has moved to clarify the speculation following a discussion between the two parties.

In a statement given to the Racing Post, 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."

Despite suggestions that Hollie Doyle was in line to replace Dettori as the stable jockey, Gosden added: “I do not intend to appoint a stable jockey at Clarehaven.”