Frankie Dettori take a bow. What a ten days he’s had and anyone who wants to see how the whip – such a talking point at the moment – should be used, then watch him in action.

His ride on Enable at Ascot last Saturday was textbook in how to get the best out of a horse without immediately resorting to the whip. I think Enable received one smack and that was all she needed.

A lot see Frankie as being stylish and tactically brilliant, but no one talks about his strength. He squeezes and squeezes, using his own power and horses respond that way for him.

People see some jockeys who are really active on a horse and ‘all elbows’, and think ‘well he or she’s strong and going for it’, but a lot of those jockeys aren’t having much effect.

His rides on Stradivarius and Too Darn Hot were also templates on how to ride. It’s not just the young jockeys who should be taking note, it’s all jockeys.

He is stylish and aerodynamic, so it looks good, which is important. A lot of the whip debate is about public perception. Well, no one would be able to raise any concerns about the whip if they looked at how Frankie uses it.

I was at Goodwood on Thursday, and thought it was great for Goodwood and British racing to see the Japanese raider Deirdre win. Many of the big races have been dominated by Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden and it’s great to see a bit of variety.

Hopefully her win will see more horses from the Far East come across as their participation will add real spice to our showpiece races.

I have six rides at Thirsk today, headlined by Alexander James, who runs in the William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap.

He’s run just three times, winning on his debut and finishing third on his subsequent two outings, including over the course and distance. He seems to be improving all the time and is only 1lb off being joint top-rated in the field. Any cut in the ground should help his chance too.

Proud Archi has won a couple of times at the track, including this race, the Tomahawk Handicap, last year. He’s 2lb lower than 12 months ago and is capable of winning this again.

I’ve a good record for Archie Watson, who is in great form, and we team up withKashagan in the JW 4x4 Northallerton Handicap. I won on him on his debut in May but he hasn’t really built on that.

He’s since been gelded and the blinkers are on so if that can bring about a return to that earlier form, he’ll be in with a shout.

I think the step up to a mile will suitRipon Spa in the Scouting For Girls Live @ThirskRaces Handicap, while Laulloircan build on a promising debut back in February in the Laura Barry Memorial EBF Novice Stakes.

It’s the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and provided the ground isn’t too lively, I’d give a good shout to Air Raid in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup.

He’s an improving horse who has won three of his past four starts and carries a 6lb penalty for a nice win over Lake Volta nice time. He looks a very interesting runner.

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