Now it’s over to Bahrain for Dettori and Doyle

Frankie Vettori celebrates winning the Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup on Thorkhill Star last year. The pair are reunited for the same race today

Frankie Dettori and James Doyle are in action in Bahrain today for one of the Kingdom’s biggest racedays of the season.

The pair, who were nearby in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to try out the new turf track there ahead of Saudi Cup day on February 29, have made the short hop to Bahrain for a card featuring three cup races run in honour of the Crown Prince, as well as the Bahrain Derby.

Dettori has three rides for the island’s leading trainer, expat Briton Allan Smith, who is also supplying Doyle with his two rides.

The feature race, the HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup, will see Dettori on board last year’s winner, Thorkhill Star , also dual winner of the Bahrain Gold Cup, and Doyle on Rustang, who was third in the new Bahrain International Trophy in November.

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