Dettori set for Tower task

Frankie Dettori is in line to take the ride aboard Phoenix Tower in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes on October 18 after partnering Henry Cecil’s four-year-old in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket.

Dettori has not ridden for Cecil this year and his last winner for the Warren Place maestro came when scoring aboard Portrait Of A Lady at Newbury in June 2004.

Phoenix Tower has been ridden by Ted Durcan in his four starts in Group One company this year, including when running Duke Of Marmalade to three-quarters of a length in the Juddmonte International last month.

However, with Cecil not employing a stable jockey, he has called up Dettori who was aboard Khalid Abdullah’s charge as he covered nine furlongs of the Rowley Mile in company with Tranquil Tiger.

“The idea is for Frankie to ride Phoenix Tower as long as Godolphin don’t have a runner, with Tom Queally on Twice Over, but it will need confirming nearer the time,” said Cecil.

Phoenix Tower caught the eye in his gallop, while Craven Stakes winner Twice Over was a little less exuberant in his exercise with Many Volumes.

Cecil added: “They did exactly what I asked of them. Twice Over travelled very well but when he got to the front he pricked his ears as he had done enough, but that is him and Many Volumes is a very hard horse to pass.

“I was very happy with both of them and the idea is to have them right for the 18th. They have both had a nice rest so I thought I would give them a racecourse gallop.”

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