Sunday 4 December 2016

Dettori remains in Flying form

Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

Frankie Dettori has had an excellent season
Frankie Dettori has had an excellent season

Frankie Dettori continued his stellar season when striking on Flying Officer in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

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The Derby and Arc-winning rider brought Flying Officer (6/1) with a great run in the straight to take the Group Two two-mile test.

John Gosden's five-year-old, now unbeaten in three starts in 2015, showed a fine turn of foot to lead two out and take a few lengths out of the field, just as there was trouble behind involving several runners, among them last year's winner Forgotten Rules.

Clever Cookie came with a late run, but was a length down at the line. Wicklow Brave was the same distance away in third.

Dettori - like Gosden celebrating a first success on Champions Day - said: "He was very brave for me, I managed to get a split in the straight and he won well. He's got very low mileage and he's unbeaten this year - he's on the way up. He's a big unit, for sure."

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