The fabulous Frankie show on landmark day at Ascot


The fabulous Frankie show on landmark day at Ascot
Pierre-Charles Boudot pilots Watch Me to victory in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. - Reuters

Dubai - The Italian jockey racks up seventh win, while female rider Hayley Turner makes history

By James Jose

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Published: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 9:32 PM

Last updated: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 11:40 PM

This year's renewal of Royal Ascot is turning out to be the Frankie Dettori show with the famous Italian jockey racking up another winner on the penultimate day at the races on Friday.
The 48-year-old won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, part of the British Champions Series, onboard Advertise, to take his tally to a record equaling seven at the race meeting. 
It was a new record of wins set in the year and took the mind back to September 1996, when Dettori blitzed the field to win all seven races on the card at Ascot. That astonishing feat has come to be known as the 'Magnificent Seven."
 Saddled by Martyn Meade, Advertise won by one and a half lengths over Forever In Dreams, the ride of Oisin Murphy. It was Dettori's 67th winner at Royal Ascot and his 24th Group 1 winner at the meeting.
Dettori had begun by riding Crystal Ocean to victory in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales' Stakes (British Champions Series) and then went on to pilot Raffle Prize, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to a win in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.
And on Wednesday, Dettori turned back the clock by notching four winners on the bounce. He begun by guiding A'Ali to victory in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes and then took Sangarius home in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes. Another win followed with Star Catcher winning the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes before defending the Group 1 Gold Cup on Stradivarius.
"The Magnificent Seven was special, but it was such a long time ago I forgot about it! Yesterday was so special and I could feel everything. After the Magnificent Seven, this is my second biggest day. I cannot put it into words," said Dettori.
Meanwhile, the day's racing saw a massive upset with the unheralded Watch Me upstaged top three-year-old fillies like Hermosa and Godolphin's Castle Lady to land the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
Saddled by FH Graffard and ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Watch Me won by one and a half lengths over Hermosa. 
Castle Lady, the mount of James Doyle, was boxed in and by the time she managed to find a gap, it was tad too late to mount a challenge.
The Middle East had reason to cheer with Daahyeh, owned by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family, winning the Group 3 Albany Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
Meanwhile, Hayley Turner became the first female jockey in 32 years to win at Ascot when she piloted home Thanks Be in the Sandringham Stakes. And it was a dramatic win with Thanks Be edging Queen Elizabeth II's Magnetic Charm, by a neck. 
The first female jockey to win at Ascot was Gay Kelleway back in 1987, onboard Sprowston Boy.

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