Frankie Dettori To Ride Last Samurai In Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park

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Frankie Dettori will ride the D Wayne Lukas-trained Last Samurai in Saturday’s £2.4m Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.

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Frankie Dettori Will Be Riding in The Pegasus World Cup For The Third Time

The veteran US trainer D Wayne Lukas has reached out to book Frankie Dettori to ride his Last Samurai, who is one of the 50/1 outsiders, for Saturday’s lucrative Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Last Samurai was in action most recently when running a neck second in the Tinsel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on December 17th.

While prior to that run was 7 lengths behind Proxy in the Grade One Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs in November – so has a fair bit of ground to make up on that Michael Stidham runner, who also has a Pegasus World Cup entry.

This will be the first time Dettori has ridden Last Samurai, who has won 4 of his 21 career starts, but it will be Frankie’s third spin in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational having ridden in the 2018 and 2019 renewals.

The race will be live streamed to the UK at 10:40pm (GMT).

However, Dettori’s two previous rides in the contest have seen him only beat one horse home – he was 11th (of 12) on Kukulkan in 2019 and last of 12 on the Jamie Osborne-trained Toast Of New York in 2018.

Cyberknife Heads The Pegasus World Cup Betting

The Brad H. Cox yard won the Pegasus World Cup in 2021 with Knicks Go and they’ve another big chance with Cyberknife.

This 4 year-old is sired by the 2018 Pegasus winner Gun Runner and after a cracking 2022 is the big favourite with the UK bookmakers to win the race.

Cyberknife was last seen running a close second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland in November and had earlier won the Grade One races – the Arkansas Derby and Haskell Stakes.

Of the rest, Defunded will also be popular coming from the Bob Baffert yard that have won this race twice before, while White Abarrio, who ran in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, has also been entered for Saturday’s race.

Lastest Pegasus World Cup Invitational Odds

  • Cyberknife 13/8
  • Defunded 7/2
  • Proxy 11/2
  • Skippylongstocking 13/2
  • White Abarrio 11/1
  • Art Collector 11/1
  • 20/1 Bar

    Odds correct 28th Jan 23 and subject to change.

Hurricane Dream Will Also Have Dettori’s Services In The Pegasus World Cup Turf

On the same Pegasus World Cup card, Frankie Dettori has also been booked to ride the H Graham Motion-trained Hurricane Dream in the earlier Pegasus Wolrd Cup Turf (9:40 UK Time).

Formerly trained in France by F-H Grafford the 6 year-old will be making his debut in the US and for Motion, but Frankie has a bit of history with the horse – having ridden him two starts ago when second in a Group Two at Baden-Baden, Germany.

What Date & Time Is The 2023 Pegasus World Cup Invitational?

📅Time/Date: 10:40pm UK Time (Saturday 28th January)
🏇Racecourse: Gulfstream Park
💰 Purse/Winner: £1,500,000
📺 TV: Sky Racing


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Recent Pegasus World Cup Invitational Winners

  • 2022 – LIFE IS GOOD (Trainer: Todd Pletcher)
  • 2021 – KNICKS GO (Trainer: Brad H Cox)
  • 2020 – MUCHO GUSTO (Trainer: Bob Baffert)
  • 2019 – CITY OF LIGHT (Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy)
  • 2018 – GUN RUNNER (Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
  • 2017 – ARROGATE (Trainer: Bob Baffert)

WATCH: Life Is Good Winning The 2022 Pegasus World Cup


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