Careless Dettori nearly out of Guineas

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Frankie Dettori was suspended for two days for careless riding on Sualtach at Beverley yesterday but, because of a change in the rules, will not miss the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas.

Under the old rules, Dettori's ban would have taken effect on 4 and 5 May, but because there are Group One races on both those days, the first two Classics, his suspension was deferred until 6 and 7 May.

Dettori was judged guilty of careless riding in the featured Ganton Handicap as he had his whip in his left hand, despite Sualtach edging to his right towards the winner, Coyote Bluff, inside the final furlong. Sualtach, who failed by a short -head to beat Coyote Bluff, caused slight interference to that Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained horse towards the finish.

Dettori is to ride two Dubai-wintered horses in the Newmarket Classics; Mark Of Esteem in the 2,000 Guineas and Phantom Creek in the 1,000.