Frankie Dettori To Race In 2019 Melbourne Cup

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori is set to head down under next month to compete in the Melbourne Cup and try and add to his breath taking season of winners when he teams up with trainer Joseph O'Brien to ride Master of Reality.

The Italian rider has raced in the Flemington Group one 16 times in his amazing career but it is one of the big races around the world he has yet to win with Australia's feature showpiece of the year a real gap in the experienced jockeys illustrious CV.

The best the showman has come in the contest was back in 1999 for the Godolphin team on Central Park when finishing second and also in 2015 on board the Willie Mullins trained Max Dynamite and after not riding in the race last year he will be wanting to take home the glory even more.

The 48 year old is coming towards the end of his superb career and will be looking to tick off the Melbourne Cup on potentially one of his last chances to do so and in Master Of Reality he seems to have a solid chance.

The four year old stayer has raced five times this season, winning on his seasonal debut and has since ran really well in defeat behind some smart horses in some competitive contests.

His best performance of the season came at Royal Ascot in the Gold Cup where he was a narrow third behind Stradivarius with Dettori on board the winner that day and knows how strong that form line really is.

The veteran jockey last rode in the Melbourne Cup in 2017 finishing 12th on previous winner of the event Almandin who is owned by Lloyd Williams.

He is the same owner of Master Of Reality and has won the Group One six times during his career, last time with trainer Joseph O'Brien with Rekindling back in 2017.

Williams is looking for his seventh success in the race and could also add more of his horses into the contest with Irish Derby winner Latrobe and stablemate Twilight Payment also set to feature.