Andrea Atzeni called up to ride Goodwood duo Stradivarius and Without Parole
Andrea Atzeni spoke of his excitement after he was asked to ride Without Parole and Stradivarius at the Qatar Goodwood Festival next week.
This opportunity came around after Frankie Dettori failed in his bid to have the 10-day suspension he incurred at the July meeting at Newmarket overturned.
At an appeal hearing on Tuesday, although Dettori’s ban was reduced from 10 to six days he will still be missing riding Goodwood Cup hero Stradivarius on Tuesday or Sussex favorite Without Parole on Wednesday.
John Gosden said on Wednesday: “Andrea rode Stradivarius when winning the Goodwood Cup last year, so was the obvious choice. He will also ride Without Parole and partnered him this morning.”
Atzeni told Press Association Sport: “Obviously it’s a shame for Frankie. He got the ban reduced to six days, but he’s going to miss the rides on these two horses and I was lucky enough to get the call.
“I won the Goodwood Cup last year on Stradivarius and also won on him at Ascot. I’m two from two on him, which isn’t a bad record.”
Without Parole stretched his unbeaten record to four when winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
Atzeni got his first feel of the Frankel colt on the Newmarket gallops on Wednesday morning.
He added: “The first I knew about Without Parole was when I got the call last night. He’s been very impressive, he’s unbeaten and he looks the one to beat next week.
“I sat on him this morning and he’s a good-moving horse. He’s by Frankel and he’s probably one of the most laid-back sons of Frankel I’ve ridden.
“He’s a big, strong horse and I’m delighted to get the ride on him.”