Dettori delighted with Arc ride on Camelot

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Frankie Dettori today spoke of his honour at being chosen to partner 7/2 second favourite Camelot in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.

The ride on the 2000 Guineas and dual Derby winner became available after trainer Aidan O’Brien’s son Joseph was unable to get down to the weight of 8st 11lb.

Dettori, who has not ridden for O’Brien since winning the 2005 St Leger at Doncaster on Scorpion, told Racing UK: “It’s a real honour to be chosen to ride the Guineas and Derby winner in the Arc.

“A couple of high-profile horses haven’t made the race so he’s right up there at the head of the betting. I’m really excited. It’s a really good record, 25 Arcs in a row, so I’m looking forward to it.

“What has happened in the last few days is pretty unbelievable (with defections from the race) – Snow Fairy has an injury, Nathaniel is out. Joseph can’t do the weight on Camelot and the ride became available.

“It’s an honour for me to be asked to ride the horse and I’m really looking forward to it. Let’s hope the horse is in tip-top shape. It’s been a long season but if the Camelot turns up we know he should have a really good chance.”

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