Frankie Dettori left nobody in doubt that he is the unsurpassed ringmaster at Royal Ascot after celebrating his 70th victory at the course with Fanny Logan, just 24 hours after partnering Stradivarius to a memorable third Gold Cup victory. Dettori, the most successful current rider at the meeting but behind Lester Piggott’s record of 116 winners, showed that nobody is riding better after Fanny Logan gave the boys a drubbing in the Hardwicke Stakes.
John Gosden, the successful trainer, was lavish in praise of the winning rider.
“Frankie’s belying his years and it is a pleasure to be around him. His knowledge and his feel when riding work in the morning – he is one of the few who is extremely accurate when talking about horses in the mornings – what they need and what they don’t need – and he is a great race-reader and a fabulous jockey.
“We are lucky to have him about.”
There is tremendous mutual respect between the pair as Dettori remarked: “John gave me a lot of confidence as he said she came out of her Haydock race really well.
“It’s great to get 70 winner – now I want 71!”
The first of those winners came with Markofdistinction in the Queen Anne Stakes 30 years ago.
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As for the Piggott’s record, Dettori admitted that he originally had thought about retiring after turning 50 at the end of the year but is inspired to soldier on.
“If Lester rode until he was 59, F*** it,” he remarked. “I’m giving that a go.”
Gosden reported Stradivarius to have taken his well race without a mark and suggested the Arc de Triomphe is now becoming a serious target.
“I think it is the concept of Ardross, who was a great, great Cup horse who then went and ran a fabulous second in the Arc,” said Gosden. “I think Bjorn [Nielsen owner] is thinking in those terms.”
Oisin Murphy, the runner up behind Fanny Logan with Alounak, was earlier on the mark with Lir Jet in the Norfolk Stakes.
Michael Bell, the successful trainer, attributed the colt’s success to his son and assistant Nick.
“Nick found him and was going to the sales,” he said. “When the sales were cancelled, he came to us.
“Sheikh Fahad was watching Yarmouth on telly when he won and sent me a text asking if he was for sale, and the rest is history.”
Royal Ascot live results
1.15pm Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap (5f, 3yo)
1) Art Power 2) Keep Busy 3) Dancin Inthestreet
1.50pm Albany Stakes (6f, Group Three, 2yo fillies)
1) Dandalla 2) Setarhe 3) Mother Earth
2.25pm Norfolk Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo)
1) The Lir Jet 2) Golden Pal 3) Imperial Force
3.00pm Hardwicke Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 4yo+)
1) Fanny Logan 2) Alounak 3) Defoe
3.35pm Commonwealth Cup (6f, Group One, 3yo colts & fillies)
1) Golden Horde, 2) Kimari, 3) Ventura Rebel
4.10pm Queen’s Vase (1 3/4m, Group Two, 3yo)
1) Santiago, 2) Berkshire Rocco, 3) Al Dabaran
4.40pm Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (1 1/2m, 3yo+)
1) Scarlet Dragon, 2) Deja, 3) West End Charmer