Racing: Dettori to miss start of St Leger meeting

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FRANKIE DETTORI will miss the first day of the St Leger meeting after being given a three-day ban by the Newmarket stewards yesterday.

Dettori was punished for irresponsible riding aboard Trumpet Sound in the Girton Maiden Stakes. The colt, making his debut, was found to have hampered Millions with a furlong left to travel.

Dettori is banned from 6-8 September inclusive, ruling him out of the Wednesday of the Doncaster fixture, which includes the Park Hill Stakes and the pounds 200,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes.

The newcomer My Hansel justified the confidence of her connections as she overturned the hotpot Abscond in the opening race at Newmarket. Abscond, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Kieren Fallon, was sent off at 2-9 for the Blue Peter Maiden Stakes after an unlucky defeat on her debut. But she was again forced to play second fiddle as My Hansel (16- 1) finished well to lead close home for a head verdict.

My Hansel is set to move up to Group company and is pencilled in for Doncaster's May Hill Stakes with the Prix Marcel Boussac as an alternative.

Scott Taylor's condition in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, remains unchanged. The National Hunt jockey, yet to regain consciousness since a fall at Perth last Friday, remains "stable". His agent Richard Hale reported: "I have spoken to his mother who said that the doctors were hoping to sort out his chest infection and that he remains stable."

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