Picture : Frankie Dettori salutes his record sixth win in the International (Image: Getty Images)
The Italian partnered Mostahdaf (3/1) to victory in the feature race on day one of York’s Ebor meeting as odds-on favourite Paddington only managed to finish third
By Robert Hynes (Irish Mirror)
Frankie Dettori made more history on Wednesday as he became the outright most winning jockey in the history of the Juddmonte International at York.
The Italian partnered Mostahdaf (3/1) to victory in the feature race on day one of York’s Ebor meeting as odds-on favourite Paddington only managed to finish third as Nashwa came second to make it a 1-2 for joint-trainers John and Thady Gosden.
Dettori, partnering the son of Frankel for the first time in the absence of the suspended Jim Crowley, who is the retained rider for owners Shadwell, equalled Lester Piggott’s record of five wins in the 1m2½f Group 1 won back in 2007 but it took him another 16 years to overtake the legendary jockey.
Speaking after the race, the 52-year-old said: “He’s run over a mile and a half, so he stays a mile and a quarter really well. The key was to get the fractions right, not too slow and not too fast and thankfully after 36 years I got it right.
“I knew I had got it right because when I looked round I still had two lengths rope, I expected them to be on my quarters and when they weren’t I knew it would take a good horse to catch me now.
“This is my last Ebor meeting, my wife has come along and to be the first jockey to get six Juddmonte Internationals, beating Lester, I couldn’t ask for more.
“This was a real team effort. I have to thank Angus Gold and Richard Hills (Shadwell’s racing managers), Sheikha Hissa for giving me the ride and John and Thady – and especially Jim, it’s his ride. We all came up with a plan to beat this great horse Paddington. We wanted to bully the race from the beginning. It takes a good horse to do that and he was.”
On Paddington’s disappointing run, Aidan O’Brien said he felt a tough campaign might just be catching up with the three-year-old, who was sent off the 4/6 favourite and ridden by Ryan Moore.
The Ballydoyle trainer commented: “He ran a great race, he had a tough race the last day and maybe it was a race too many for him.
“Maybe I just pulled the elastic band too long – that’s the reality. He had a tough race in Goodwood on soft ground. He had to fight twice in Goodwood and it just told today.
“He was just a little bit down in himself. Maybe I should have waited and gone to Leopardstown (for the Irish Champion Stakes) to give him a bit more time.
“He’s only a baby three-year-old and Ryan felt he was just a little bit flat. He was in good form and obviously we were happy to come here, but you don’t really know until the speedometer goes to red.
“Frankie went evenly strong all the way and Ryan said he didn’t travel with his usual fluency, but he still ran very well.”
Considering future plans, he added: “We’ll see how he is – everything’s a possibility.
“He definitely won’t go to the Irish Champion after that and it will depend what the lads want to do.
“He is only a baby three-year-old and we have fairly given it to him – we backed him up fairly tough and he did have a tough one the last day.
“I would have to say maybe I shouldn’t have ran him, but that’s the way it is.”
But O’Brien and Moore did enjoy success earlier on the card when Continuous landed the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes.
The three-year-old, sent off at 4/1, came from last to first to land the Group 2 contest and stake his claim for the St Leger, with the Charlie Appleby-trained Castle Way back in second and 8/11 favourite Gregory further back in third.
O’Brien said after the win: “He’s a lovely horse who is progressing, he has enough class for a mile and a half and could stay further. He’s an exciting horse really.
“He handles an ease in the ground well as he has a bit of a round action, but that was fast ground there today – Ryan said it was quicker than it was at Royal Ascot – and he didn’t seem to have any problem with it.
“He came here in the Dante and needed the run very badly and ran a massive race. I said to Ryan before the race today ‘would any of those other horses have ran as well in the Dante as he did?’ and he said they wouldn’t. A little bit of class usually outs, especially if the pace is even.