Tuesday 25 June 2019

Dettori and Anapurna deny O'Brien Oaks glory

Frankie Dettori riding Anapurna (right) on the way to winning The Investec Oaks from Pink Dogwood, with Ryan Moore up, at Epsom. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Frankie Dettori riding Anapurna (right) on the way to winning The Investec Oaks from Pink Dogwood, with Ryan Moore up, at Epsom. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Marcus Armytage

Frankie Dettori lit up Epsom on the eve of the Derby when his mount Anapurna, as willing as she is able, got up in the last 75 yards, having outstayed the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly Pink Dogwood, to win the Investec Oaks by a cosy neck.

It was an 18th domestic Classic for Dettori, who teams up with O'Brien to ride Circus Maximus in the Derby, and it was a vintage ride by the veteran, although, having swept past the field and hit the front two furlongs out, it appeared Ryan Moore and Pink Dogwood had got first run on him.

"I tried to float down the hill without using energy," Dettori explained. "Then I tried to look for a gap and while I was still dealing with that, Ryan had gone by and I thought, 'that's that'.

"I had three lengths to make up, but there were two furlongs to go and I thought I could get them. In the last 100 yards I knew I had him."

It is rare that punters desert Dettori but despite him being jocked-up on Anapurna, an 8/1 shot, her stable companion Mehdaayih, ridden by Rab Havlin, was sent off 11/4 favourite, although she had a horrid trip before finishing seventh.

"The biggest problem was the parade," John Gosden, the winning trainer, said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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