Dettori stirs Magnificent Seven memories

Frankie Dettori lit up Ascot again with four winners from his six rides 14 years after he famously went through the card at the same meeting riding all seven winners at combined odds of over 25,000-1.

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Published: Sun 26 Sep 2010, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:29 AM

The 39-year-old Italian struck first on 4-5 favourite White Moonstone in the second race, the Group One Fillies’ Mile, and followed up with an easy success on 7-1 favourite Redford in the Challenge Cup handicap.

The former champion thrilled the crowd with another Group One triumph on 9-2 chance Poet’s Voice in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and then ran out a comfortable winner on 7-4 favourite Rainfall in the October Stakes.

Although he could only finish third in the final race his four-timer still worked out at cumulative odds of 217-1.

Dettori told BBC: “I really can’t believe I’ve won the two big (Group One) races today. It’s been a long time. I’m full of emotion and I just don’t know what to say. Ascot has been fantastic to me.”

Dettori’s record-breaking afternoon in 1996 sent bookmakers scurrying for cover and cost the industry over 30 million pounds ($47 million).

The feat became known as “Frankie’s Magnificent Seven” and as a tangible reminder Fujiyama Crest, the seventh and final winner that day, is now a family pet on land by his home near Newmarket.



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