Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori – superb on the big stage

THE booking of Frankie Dettori on Lancelot Du Lac, a 25/1 shot for the Stewards’ Cup may have raised some eyebrows among a few punters but Dean Ivory’s shrewd booking paid dividends as the pair gave the trainer his first Glorious Goodwood success.

At 46 years young, there is still nobody better to have on your side on the big occasion.  Only a week ago, the Italian was winning the King George on Enable, having been on a diet of fish and grapefruit water to shed 6lbs to get down to 8st 7lbs.  Today, he had no such weight worries as the 7yo son of Shamardal carried 9st 3lbs.

Drawn 15 of 26, Lancelot broke well, made his way over to the far rail where the ground was better and hitting the front three out, he came home to win by 3/4 length.  It was an uncomplicated ride on an uncomplicated horse for whom Dean said:  “I’m not surprised Lancelot Du Lac has won a big race, but must admit I didn’t expect it today because of the ground.”

Lancelot Du Lac

Lancelot Du Lac

The form backs that up as two years ago, the sprinter was third in the Wokingham off a four pound higher mark.  Maybe, not having won a turf race since 2013 put some people off and that was probably why he went off at what looked in hindsight a very generous price!

Congratulations to Michael and Heather Yarrow, the very proud owners of Lancelot, who has now won 11 races and over £400,000 in prize money.