Frankie Dettori booked to ride Royal Ascot 2020 runner Sceptical

Sprinting sensation Sceptical will have Frankie Dettori on board when he runs at Royal Ascot next week.

The leading jockey has been booked to ride the four-year-old in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday.

That's because regular rider Joey Sheridan is ruled out by the BHA, as 7lb claimers cannot compete until June 22 in Britain.

Just a £2,800 purchase by Hilltop Racing's James McAuley, Sceptical won three times on the all-weather between November and March.

The Godolphin cast-off then created a favourable impression on his first turf run earlier this week, winning the Listed Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Woodlands Stakes by three lengths.

Hilltop Racing tweeted earlier: “Sceptical is in great form after his win @NaasRacecourse on Monday and will head to @Ascot for the Kings Stand Stakes next Tuesday.

"Unfortunately due to @BHAPressOffice rules @joeysheridan8 will not be able to ride but he will now be ridden by the brilliant @FrankieDettori.”

Sceptical is one of 14 entries in next week's race, on the first day of the fixture.

Godolphin have won the last two renewals with Blue Point beating Battaash, the hot favourite to go one place better this year.

He trailed home in 14th place behind Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Glass Slippers at the end of last season and the filly is another contender.

Roger Teal has entered his Abernant Stakes winner Oxted, while Aidan O’Brien has two possible runners- Sergei Prokofiev and Southern Hills.

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