Dettori dazzles at Ascot

Rewilding, ridden by Frankie Dettori, upset hot favourite So You Think to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, the feature race on the second day of Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

By (Agencies)

Published: Thu 16 Jun 2011, 12:30 AM

Last updated: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 9:25 AM

The race was watched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Minister of Finance and Shaikha Haya bint Hussein and other dignitaries from UAE.

“It was a tremendous gallop with two great horses,” Dettori said. “When I got past (So You Think) it was sheer joy. It was sheer joy to be in the race.

“I’m delighted for Rewilding as he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. He’s a very good horse and he showed his true colors today.”

Dettori’s joy was tempered by the stewards later ruling that the Italian used his whip with excessive frequency — 24 times in the final two furlongs — and handing him a nine-day suspension. Before the ruling, Shaikh Mohammed, who owns the Godolphin stables, received the trophy from Prince Philip, who was at the 300-year-old racecourse with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. “I’m very satisfied,” Shaikh Mohammed said. “These are the races you always wait for and when you win, it is a great thing.”

So You Think’s trainer Aiden O’Brien said the 4-11 favorite was not fit enough, although the Australian horse finished ahead of 66-1 shot Sri Putra.

“I will take responsibility for this personally,” O’Brien said. “Frankie gave his horse a beautiful ride, on a horse that stays a mile and a half well, he just came and got him in the last 50 yards.

“I think it was trainer error, I didn’t have him fit enough for this kind of race ... I would think there’s improvement to come.” In the Windsor Forest Stakes, 11-1 shot Lolly For Dolly charged up the near side rail to beat Chachamaidee by a length and a half.

“We went a nice gallop and from halfway we were just looking for a little room,” Lolly For Dolly jockey Wayne Lordan said. “We found it and she ran well through the finish. She is a tough filly and her heart is in the right place.”

In the Queen Mary Stakes, Best Terms, sent off at 12-1 despite winning her previous two races, held off much-touted Shumoos.

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