Dettori back with bang as he seals 24/1 double
Despite an absence of three and a half months with a broken ankle, Frankie Dettori roared back with a 24/1 double on his first two rides at Lingfield.
"I'm knackered, but that was a fairytale comeback, there could be nothing better. It was a big pipe-opener," he said after his first success aboard the John Hills-trained Eco Warrior (8/1).
The 42-year-old desperately wanted to win, and he propelled his winners to narrow victories – both by a neck.
Having judged the pace to perfection over 12 furlongs aboard Eco Warrior, the jockey's insatiable hunger shone through on Gone With The Wind (7/4 favourite), which landed the six-furlong maiden for Jeremy Noseda.
If Dettori is missing the Godolphin royal blue, there is no sign of it. These days, he thinks only of the grey and maroon jacket of his new employer, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, for whom he will ride some of the best horses in Europe this year.
Sheikh Joaan owns the three top-rated horses in the three-year-old division, Treve, Olympic Glory and Toronado.
Dettori said: "I won't be riding Toronado, Richard Hughes will ride him, that was the agreement from the start. But I am looking forward to Treve, which will be the highest-rated horse in training. But those memories are miles away at the moment, I am concentrating on my fitness."
Dettori rode 16 winners in Britain last year, easily his worst season.