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Frankie Dettori set for showdown talks with John Gosden TODAY after flying back from seeing his dad in Sardinia

FRANKIE DETTORI traveled to Sardinia to be with his father amid the fallout from trainer John Gosden firing him from key attractions.

But upon his return today, he’s ready for confrontational talks with the legendary coach about what the future holds.

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Dettori posted this photo with his father Gianfranco after flying back to Sardinia.Credit: Instagram
Gosden and Dettori are set for confrontational talks about their futures on Friday morning.

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Gosden and Dettori are set for confrontational talks about their futures on Friday morning.Credit: Getty

Gosden’s decision to replace Dettori, 51, on the horses he usually rides this weekend has shocked the sport.

It comes on the back of Dettori’s nightmare aboard Stradivarius in the quest to stay for a record-equaling fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last week.

And Dettori became the Queen’s favourite, and the best chance to win, Reach For The Moon during the same week.

The iconic Italian was a runaway winner on the superstar filly Inspiral in the Coronation Stakes for Team Gosden.

But that only softened the blow somewhat in a week that held much promise but resulted in only one victory for the king of the field.

In Dettori’s book Leap, he often writes about how he retreats to Sardinia during hard times to get away from it all and reboot.

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In 2017 he traveled there to recover from an injury that forced him to abandon his Royal Ascot attraction book.

And in his book he wrote about a time in 2003 when, after winning £500,000 in two hours of racing in Dubai, he went through a “summer of shit, shit, shit”.

He said ‘everything I touch turns to shit’ as more of his rides seem to go to Jamie Spencer.

It is during this time that he again says that he is going to Sardinia to have a “heartfelt talk” with his father.

Dettori said, “Despite all the conflict between us at times, he’s the guy I really need to talk to at times like this.”

It can be seen as significant, then, that Dettori posted a photo on Instagram with his father Gianfranco.

Bookmakers believe Hollie Doyle, winner of the French Classic aboard Nashwa for Gosden last Sunday, is set to replace Dettori as Gosden’s number one.

James Doyle rides Sunray Major, a horse Dettori has ridden nearly once, in the 3m15 race at Newmarket tomorrow.

While Gosden’s normal No2, Rab Havlin, has been booked for Stowell.

Dettori’s only trip on Saturday will be aboard the 5-1 Lezoo in the 2.05 at Newmarket.

Gosden told the Racing Post on Friday morning: “Frankie was in Italy for a wedding the week before Royal Ascot.

“Obviously he was at Ascot all last week and then he went to Sardinia after racing on Saturday.

“I assume he will be back in the UK today when I can see him for a meeting.”

Dettori’s manager, Peter Burrell, admitted that he and the jockey were “in the dark” about Gosden’s decision to fire him.

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