Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 25 March 2017

Dettori's determination helps jackpot punters see the Light

Chris McGrath

THE HAPPY few who shared a record Jackpot pool at Newmarket yesterday were indebted to Frankie Dettori for pulling the big race out of the fire on Lyric Of Light -- but your heart goes out to any punters thwarted on the runner-up.

Under a vintage ride from Jamie Spencer, Samitar had slipped clear in the Dip and was only caught in the final strides of the Shadwell Fillies' Mile.

Lyric Of Light had lasted longest on the bridle, but proved rather hesitant when asked to knuckle down on the fast ground, drifting across the track. Even so the two fillies pulled well clear of Firdaws, which looked more of a staying type in third.

Roger Varian is likely to train Firdaws for the Oaks next year and so hope to emulate the achievement of his mentor Michael Jarvis with her dam Eswarah.

Though the tragic loss of Jarvis earlier in the week had focused much attention on Firdaws, Lyric Of Light herself represents another of his bequests.

Jarvis trained her dam Suez to finish second in the 2004 Cheveley Park Stakes, but she then joined Godolphin and never ran again.

Now unbeaten in three starts, Lyric Of Light confirms that Godolphin have entered a more productive phase since the promotion of Mahmood Al Zarooni to supervise a stable in his own right.

In only his second British campaign, he has now won nearly £1m more than his former boss, Saeed Bin Suroor.

Al Zarooni sealed his elevation with a key role in the success of Vale Of York at the 2009 Breeders' Cup and indicated that Lyric Of Light might now be trained for the same meeting in November.

As a daughter of Street Cry, she could presumably be tried on the dirt -- Al Zarooni having suggested that she found conditions firm enough here.

Ladbrokes offer 10/1 against Lyric Of Light emulating her stablemate, Blue Bunting, in the 1,000 Guineas back here next spring. That Classic also looks a feasible target for Alsindi, who had Clive Brittain reprising his famous winner's enclosure jig after the Oh So Sharp Stakes.

As for the Jackpot pool, which had snowballed to £2.9m, results proved rather too mundane for any fairytale payday. Each runner was still "live" in the final leg, and the success of Mahbooba ultimately saw 124 winning units each earn a dividend of £16,610. (© Independent News Service)

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