Frankie Dettori managed to secure his 60th Ascot win aboard Stradivarius. He finished first in a near-photo finish race, facing very tough competition.
Frankie Dettori had quite a job on his hands. Though Stradivarius is quick, he faced the likes of Order of St George, Vazirabad, and Torcedor. However, the 47-year-old jokey managed to finish the race before these tough contenders, much to the delight of 70.000 fans in attendance.
Vazirabad and Torcedor took second and third place, respectively. Order of St George, on the other hand, couldn’t cut it, finishing fourth.
Interestingly, Order of St George, with Ryan Moore on his back, won the same race two years ago and finished second in 2017. However, Ryan Moore had more success than his horse. Like Dettori, Ryan also claimed a Royal Ascot victory, having won the Hampton Court Stakes aboard Hunting Horn. This was his 50th win. The jockey won the Ribblesdale Stakes as well, this time aboard Magic Wand.
When it comes to the man of the show, Dettori showed true sportsmanship, attributing a significant portion of the win to his horse. He spoke highly of Stradivarius saying, “He was a lion, he fought everything off.”
Dettori also praised the fans, claiming that they lifted Stradivarius and that he was just there to steer the horse. Nevertheless, an excellent victory for Dettori.
However, just a couple of weeks ago, rumours circulated that he was to retire. Many people thought that the 47-year-old jockey would make his exit before the Royal Ascot, but that simply wasn’t true. Stradivarius’s trainer, John Gosden, responded to these claims. He said that Frankie was quite upset by the rumours and he’s having too much fun to retire now. As you can see, Frankie Dettori isn’t going anywhere and, hopefully, he will keep racking up wins. So, good luck Frankie in your future races, and may UK betting apps give you favourable odds.