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Frankie Dettori to fire in winners and laughs from Alex Hammond – five things to look out for in Racing League Week Two

THE Racing League is back with a bang – but is Frankie Dettori?

Week Two of the blockbuster new £2million competition rolls into Doncaster on Thursday evening.

Dettori makes his Racing League debut fresh off supporting daughter Ella at Glorious Goodwood

There is £50,000 up grabs in each of the six races on the card – and £10,000 to be won in our brilliant fantasy game.

The world’s most famous jockey sprinkles some star dust on the action – but will he rack up the winners for Team Newmarket Red?

Here, SunSport looks at the five key talking points ahead of it all kicking off – and name five horses to look out for.

FRANKIE ON FIRE?

Dettori, 50, has three rides on the night, starting with the Robert Cowell-trained Autumn Flight in the first at 5.42.

Everyone expects Dettori to win, but make no mistake about it, the pressure will be on.

Autumn Flight is winless in five – with three second-place finishes – and the man himself is winless in nine since his last triumph on Angel Bleu on the first day of Glorious Goodwood last week.

Class is permanent, but don’t expect anyone to roll over for the weighing room icon, especially with his team already in the lead.

STING RAY

Talented Ray Dawson kicks his Racing League run off in style with a bumper five rides.

But all eyes will be on him as he steps in as the fourth rider for team talkSPORT, who sit second in the table.

Dawson, who spoke to SunSport about beating his addiction problems, comes into the night boasting a respectable 13 per cent strike rate.

Punters will be hoping he can boost that even more to stop Newmarket Red from running away with it.

HAMMOND THE STAR OF THE SHOW

Bumble might have got the laughs as a DJ, but it was Sky Sports stalwart Alex Hammond who was the glue that kept together the first night of Racing League coverage.

Knowledgeable, quick-witted and happy to share a joke, Hammond shone alongside co-host Josh Apiafi.

Here’s to many more smiles during Sky’s great coverage.

Hammond was brilliant on the first night of Racing League coverage

SAFF NOT NAFF

Lying in ninth, Team Swish need to get a bit of a wriggle on.

And Saffie Osborne could be just the one to do it for them.

The crack apprentice, who races horses trained by her dad Jamie, has been in brilliant form so far this season.

She performed well on big-priced runners in Week One and finds herself fifth in the jockey standings on 41 points.

She can make her presence felt on Tenaya Canyon – a horse William Buick has previously won on – in the first.

KIERAN TO MAKE HIS MARK

There was hardly a dry eye in the house when Shoemark won his first Group 1 aboard the much-loved Lady Bowthorpe at Goodwood last week.

There’s no denying he is the jockey of the moment – and in a rich vein of form.

Making his debut in the League alongside Osborne for Team Swish, expect him to make the most of his two mounts, which include Vindolanda, who Shoemark won on last time out at 20-1.

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