Frankie Dettori will miss the entire 5 days of Royal Ascot because of an arm injury.
The popular jockey sustained the injury in a paddock fall at Yarmouth last Tuesday but had been fit enough to ride Shutter Speed in the French Oaks on Sunday.
“I’ve been trying so hard to get fit for today but had to accept this morning it wasn’t going to happen.” Dettori said.
“I’ve got to have physio and get it properly looked after so won’t be at Ascot this week. For me that’s soul destroying as it’s the most important week of the year.
“I’ll be counting down the days until next year.”
Dettori had four rides booked on the opening day including favourite Lady Aurelia in the King’s Stand Stakes.