Glory for Dettori in Lockinge
Published 18/05/2014 | 02:30
Frankie Dettori claimed a fourth JLT Lockinge Stakes as he guided Olympic Glory to an impressive success at Newbury.
Given a patient ride with Montiridge and Top Notch Tonto racing prominently, Dettori produced the Richard Hannon-trained colt to perfection widest of the runners over a furlong out.
The response was immediate when Dettori asked him to quicken and he soon went clear. Tullius ran a fine race in second to finish two and a quarter lengths away, as did Verrazano who ran on well for third on his first start for Aidan O'Brien.
"I was thinking there'd be no pace and it would be complicated, but it was just as easy as riding work," reported Dettori. "He quickened like a true champion. His form is rock-solid and he goes on any ground.
"He's a great ride, has a great kick and is a jockey's dream. I'll be surprised if he's not champion miler again."
Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day, the Sheikh Joaan Al Thai-owned Olympic Glory had last been seen finishing ninth of 10 to American superstar Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
"I felt some pressure today," said Hannon. "After the disappointment of the Breeders' Cup. He doesn't need soft ground, but he goes on a softer surface as well which is very encouraging. Frankie must be delighted, he gets on very well with the horse.
"He did it comfortably and we'll look at Royal Ascot, the Sussex, the Jacques le Marois and we'll pick and choose. He's in the Queen Anne and the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot."
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