ANAPURNA edged out Pink Dogwood to give jockey Frankie Dettori his fifth victory in the Oaks at Epsom.

The 8-1 chance, a daughter of Frankel trained by John Gosden, passed Aidan O’Brien’s runner-up in the closing stages, with Fleeting third.

“Beautiful. She was very courageous,” said the 48-year-old Dettori, who won the Oaks for the first time in 1994 on Balanchine.

“I absolutely love it. My first one was 25 years ago and I’m still here.”

Ryan Moore went clear on Pink Dogwood after the Camelot filly showed an impressive turn of foot to pass her rivals, but Dettori was more patient and timed his run to perfection.

Dettori was given a two-day ban after the race for breaching the whip rules.

The Italian-born jockey also won the race on Moonshell (1995), Kazzia (2002) and Enable (2017).

It was a first British Classic for Frankel, who was unbeaten in 14 races before starting a career at stud.

Anapurna’s breeders, the Meon Valley Stud, will hope to triumph again in the Derby on Saturday with Telecaster.



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